Patriots Re-Sign Dont’a Hightower
After days of testing the free agent market and meeting with multiple teams, it appears linebacker Dont’a Hightower has decided to re-sign with the New England Patriots.
Dont’a Hightower is returning to the New England Patriots, sources tell ESPN. New England’s off-season rolls on.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 15, 2017
According to Albert Breer of The Monday Morning Quarterback, Hightower’s new deal is a four-year pact that is worth $43.5 million with a hefty guarantee.
Patriots LB Dont’a Hightower’s deal, per @_SportsTrust: Four years, $43.5 million with $19 million guaranteed.
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) March 15, 2017
Hightower, who has been a start at the middle linebacker spot for New England and was a defensive captain last season, had been fielding offers and making visits to multiple teams including the New York Jets and Pittsburgh Steelers.
Though the signing was delayed about a week into the free agency period, reports had been circulating for a couple of days that the opposing clubs believed he would, in fact, re-sign with the Pats.
Over five seasons in New England, the Alabama alum has totaled 372 tackles and 17 sacks. Though he misses a few games each season, due to injuries, he has become a key cog in the team’s defensive front and has made stellar plays in each of the team’s two Super Bowl victories, since his arrival.