NFL Free Agency Rumors: Hightower Re-Signing With Patriots, Browns Not Expected To Pursue Cousins & More

NFL free agency is nearly a week old already, and while most of the big names are already off the market, there are plenty of quality players available. Trade rumors are also starting to heat up with just over a month until the upcoming NFL Draft. Here is all the latest news & rumors you need to know:

Dont'a Hightower expected to re-sign with Patriots
Linebacker Dont'a Hightower is expected to announce where he'll sign today, and while the Pittsburgh Steelers and New York Jets are firmly in the mix, he is expected to re-sign with the New England Patriots, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

Hightower had 65 tackles with one forced fumble and 2.5 sacks last season.

Browns not expected to pursue Kirk Cousins
There was a report from ProFootballTalk earlier this week that the Cleveland Browns may try to make a trade to acquire Kirk Cousins from the Washington Redskins, but that is not the case. According to Mary Kay Cabot of, the Browns aren't expected to pursue a deal for Cousins.

The Browns aren't expected to make a run at Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins, but three other teams have over the past 10 days or so and were immediately turned down, a league source told ...

But that's not expected to happen because of the high compensation it would take to get Cousins, and because of the high salary he would command. The Browns would likely have to give up their No. 12 pick this year and most likely at least a first-rounder next year.

In addition, they'd probably have to make any deal contingent upon a multi-year extension, because they wouldn't want to give up all those draft assets to rent Cousins for one year at $23.94 million, the franchise tender he signed on Friday.

Cousins has reportedly asked Washington for a trade because of his unhappiness with the front office, particularly with team president Bruce Allen, but owner Dan Snyder told Cousins not to expect to be traded.

Cousins has spent the last two season as Washington's starting quarterback, and set new franchise records for passing yards each year. In 2016, Cousins passed for 4,917 yards with 25 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.

Eagles to trade for Jeremy Hill?
The Philadelphia Eagles are trying to upgrade their running back position this offseason, and may pursue a trade for Jeremy Hill, according to ESPN's Mike Clay.

Hill ran for 839 yards and nine touchdowns on 222 carries for the Cincinnati Bengals last season.

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