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Dont'a Hightower | Linebacker | #54

Team: New England Patriots
Age / DOB:  (26) / 3/12/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 265
College: Alabama
Drafted: 2012 / Rd. 1 (25) / NE
Contract: view contract details

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ESPN's Mike Reiss said impending free agent LB Dont'a Hightower "is the prime candidate to receive the franchise tag if the Patriots decide to use it."
New England could decide not to use the tag, but if they do, Reiss expects it to be on Hightower. CSN New England's Tom Curran expects Hightower to reach the open market after the two sides did not have any meaningful talks late in 2016, but the Patriots could decide to keep the linebacker on the relatively risk-free, one-year franchise tender. With some durability concerns, Hightower should be looking to get as much guaranteed money as possible this spring. Former teammate Jamie Collins landed $26.4 million guaranteed from the Browns earlier this offseason, which should be the baseline for Hightower. Feb 13 - 10:41 PM
Source: ESPN

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Free agent MLB Dont'a Hightower is expected to reach the open market.

Per reporter Tom Curran, there were no "extensive talks" between Hightower and the Patriots down the stretch of the 2016 season. Curran expects the Pats to sketch out the "parameters of what they will offer with the understanding Hightower will test the market." There have been indications Hightower is seeking more than $10 million per season.
Feb 9 - 3:32 PM

Free agent MLB Dont'a Hightower (shoulder) is expected to avoid offseason surgery.

Hightower dealt with knee and shoulder injuries throughout the year. He missed three games, but was never fully healthy. It's good news for Hightower's free-agent stock. Hightower reportedly turned down more than $10 million annually from the Patriots before the season.
Feb 8 - 5:09 PM

Patriots MLB Dont'a Hightower (shoulder) is questionable for Super Bowl LI against the Falcons.

Hightower's status isn't in doubt despite a limited week of practice. He'll continue playing in all base sets after getting 36 snaps in the AFC Championship. Hightower will have a big role in slowing down Atlanta's run game.
Feb 3 - 4:55 PM

Patriots MLB Dont'a Hightower (shoulder) is questionable for Sunday's AFC Championship Game.

Hightower is fully expected to play despite a limited week of practice. Patriots DE Jabaal Sheard (knee) is also listed as questionable.
Jan 20 - 5:12 PM

Patriots declared LB Dont'a Hightower, WR Danny Amendola, QB Jacoby Brissett, CB Justin Coleman, RB D.J. Foster, WR Matthew Slater and OT LaAdrian Waddle inactive for Week 16 against the Jets.

Hightower is out with a knee injury while Slater is dealing with a foot issue. Martellus Bennett (ankle, shoulder), Tom Brady (thigh) and Jordan Richards (knee) are all active for the Patriots. Michael Floyd, who was claimed off waivers from Arizona last week, will make his New England debut on Saturday.
Sat, Dec 24, 2016 11:41:00 AM

Patriots MLB Dont'a Hightower (knee, questionable) traveled with the team to Denver.

It is a great sign for his availability this week. Hightower popped up on the injury report with a knee issue Thursday and was listed as questionable. It looks like he will be good to go against the Broncos.
Sat, Dec 17, 2016 01:07:00 PM

Patriots MLB Dont'a Hightower has been named AFC Defensive Player of the Week for Week 6.

Hightower piled up 13 tackles, 1.5 sacks, and a safety in the win over the Bengals. He dominated in his third game back from a torn meniscus and played all but two defensive snaps after playing just 29-of-63 plays in Week 5. Despite missing 2.5 games, Hightower is Pro Football Focus' No. 4 inside 'backer.
Wed, Oct 19, 2016 09:41:00 AM

Patriots MLB Dont'a Hightower (knee) is recovering from a "slight tear" in his meniscus.

Per beat writer Jeff Howe, Hightower is "making good progress" and is questionable for Week 4 against the Bills after missing the past two games.
Wed, Sep 28, 2016 01:34:00 PM

Patriots MLB Dont'a Hightower (knee) is questionable for Week 3 against the Texans.

Hightower returned to a limited practice on Tuesday after missing Week 2 with a right knee injury. He should be able to get the green light. Jonathan Cooper (foot), Trey Flowers (shoulder), Jonathan Freeny (shoulder), Rob Gronkowski (hamstring) and Eric Rowe (ankle) are also questionable for Thursday night.
Wed, Sep 21, 2016 05:43:00 PM

Patriots MLB Dont'a Hightower (knee) is listed as doubtful for in Week 2.

Hightower's absence is a slight upgrade to Arian Foster's fantasy outlook.
Fri, Sep 16, 2016 02:28:00 PM

Patriots MLB Dont'a Hightower (knee) missed Wednesday's practice.

Hightower injured his right knee in the first quarter of Sunday night's win in Arizona. He sat out three plays before returning. Hightower is probably a little sore but he should be fine for Week 2 against the Dolphins.
Wed, Sep 14, 2016 04:31:00 PM

Patriots contract-year MLB Dont'a Hightower was evasive when asked about extension talks on Thursday.

"I ain’t got nothing to do with none of that," Hightower said. "I’m just out here trying to get better with my teammates." Coming off another strong year, Hightower will be gunning to top Lavonte David's $22.5 million guaranteed.
Thu, May 26, 2016 06:12:00 PM

CSN New England believes Patriots WLB Dont'a Hightower will command at least as much as Bucs WLB Lavonte David when he signs his next contract.

The Bucs signed David to a five-year, $50 million pact with $22.5 million guaranteed last offseason. While the Patriots could look to extend Hightower's contract this offseason, the belief is Hightower is a "smart businessman who’ll understand his value both in Foxboro or, if it comes to pass, elsewhere." Hightower earned PFF's fifth-highest 4-3 outside linebacker grade out of 35 qualifiers in 2015.
Sun, Jan 31, 2016 08:38:00 AM

Patriots LB Dont'a Hightower (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday's AFC Championship game against the Broncos.

He's been practicing on a limited basis since Wednesday and should be all systems go for Sunday's AFC Championship. The Pats allowed 179 rushing yards to Denver in Week 12 but Hightower missed part of that game with an injury. Jamie Collins was also sidelined for that contest.
Fri, Jan 22, 2016 03:16:00 PM

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