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Dont'a Hightower | Linebacker | #54

Team: New England Patriots
Age / DOB:  (27) / 3/12/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 265
College: Alabama
Drafted: 2012 / Rd. 1 (25) / NE
Contract: view contract details

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Patriots placed ILB Dont'a Hightower on the active/PUP list.
Alan Branch joined Hightower there. Hightower battled shoulder and knee injuries last season but was expected to avoid offseason surgery. It's unclear if he underwent any operations, but the Jets allegedly pulled their free-agent offer to him due to concerns over Hightower's physical. He can be activated at any time in camp. Jul 24 - 6:05 PM

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According to MMQB's Albert Breer, the Jets pulled their offer to Dont'a Hightower due to concerns over his physical.

Per ESPN's Rich Cimini, the Jets offered Hightower five years at $55 million with a max value of $62.5 million. The annual salary is similar to what the Patriots gave him, but the Jets offered one more year. Despite injury concerns, the 27-year-old has emerged as one of the most complete linebackers in football.
Mar 17 - 11:32 AM

Patriots re-signed ILB Dont'a Hightower to a four-year, $43.5 million contract with $19 million guaranteed.

The Jets' birthday cupcakes to Hightower weren't enough to convince him to sign with their AFC-worst franchise, while the Steelers never seemed to be a serious contender. All roads led back to Foxboro. Hightower's market didn't develop like he hoped, and the Patriots were able to keep their 27-year-old inside thumper after trading away ILB Jamie Collins to the Browns last season. Hightower was Pro Football Focus' No. 5 inside linebacker out of 59 qualifiers in 2016, receiving plus marks across the board for his pass rush, coverage, and run defense. Everything seems to be going right for the Patriots this offseason.
Mar 15 - 1:35 PM

NFL Network's Mike Silver reports the Jets are "out" on free agent ILB Dont'a Hightower.

Silver says the Jets pulled out of the mix once Hightower left their facility. It's also what the Steelers have threatened with Hightower, who visited them on Tuesday. Expected to make a decision on Wednesday, the Patriots may be the only club left in the mix for Hightower. He's said to be seeking $12 million per year, but it doesn't sound like he's going to get it.
Mar 15 - 1:04 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports free agent ILB Dont'a Hightower is expected to decide between the Patriots, Jets, and Steelers on Wednesday.

The Jets are said to be offering the most money, but according to RapSheet, many expect Hightower to return to New England. It sounds like the Steelers are out of the picture for the most part. Pittsburgh felt like it was being used as leverage. Hightower is expected to land $10-11 million per year.
Mar 15 - 9:43 AM

ESPN New York reports the Jets are making an "all-out blitz" for free agent LB Dont'a Hightower.

It jibes with CBS' Jason La Canfora's reporting. Per reporter Rich Cimini, the Jets are willing to make a "blockbuster" offer to a player who had been seeking $12 million per season. Both La Canfora and Cimini report the Jets are offering the most money, but that Hightower still seems inclined to return to New England.
Mar 14 - 7:24 PM

CBS' Jason La Canfora is "convinced" the Jets are offering free agent LB Dont'a Hightower "far and away" the most money.

The Jets mostly seem like a leverage play on Hightower's behalf, but La Canfora has been adamant their interest is real. Hightower seems to want to re-sign with the Patriots, but is taking visits as he waits for a better offer. Hightower would be a rather pointless signing for a team that's going nowhere in 2017.
Mar 14 - 5:35 PM

Free agent LB Dont'a Hightower left his Steelers visit without a contract.

Hightower was never expected to sign with the Steelers. Beat writer Ed Bouchette considered the visit a "dog and pony show" to increase Hightower's leverage with the Patriots. The Jets supposedly have serious interest, but a return to New England seems most likely.
Mar 14 - 4:41 PM

CBS' Jason La Canfora reports the Jets' interest in free agent LB Dont'a Hightower "cannot be overstated."

Per La Canfora, the Steelers won't make a "massive" offer, and the Patriots maintain interest. This could all be a leverage play on Hightower's part.
Mar 14 - 3:43 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports free agent LB Dont'a Hightower will visit the Steelers.

Hightower has already visited the Titans and Jets, but both teams reportedly left the meeting assuming he would re-sign with the Patriots. The Steelers do have a need at linebacker after letting Lawrence Timmons walk, but this entire adventure seems like an effort to drive up the Pats' offer.
Mar 13 - 11:10 AM

Free agent LB Dont'a Hightower is visiting the Jets.

Hightower began his visit on Sunday and it is expected to wrap up on Monday. Clearly rebuilding, the Jets' interest in a 27-year-old linebacker with injury concerns is questionable at best, and it is possible Hightower is just using them to goad the Patriots into a better deal. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Hightower has also visited the Titans, but both teams are convinced he will ultimately end up back in New England.
Mar 13 - 9:04 AM

The Jets are reportedly showing interest in free agent LB Dont'a Hightower.

In their current bottoming-out state, the Jets have no business paying top dollar for an inside linebacker after drafting Darron Lee in the first round last year. This smells of an agent-driven report, fingering a division rival as having interest in a player the Patriots are known to want back, albeit only at their price. Hightower wants to become the NFL's highest-paid inside linebacker. Luke Kuechly currently is at over $12 million per year.
Mar 12 - 3:40 PM

The MMQB's Albert Breer reports "at least one team" involved in talks with free agent Dont'a Hightower is convinced he'll return to the Patriots.

Hightower's market has been slow to develop, with only loose reports linking him to the Titans and Browns. Hightower's injury history is also a concern. It sounds like he could end up back in Foxboro on a team-friendly contract.
Mar 11 - 9:10 PM

Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports the Patriots are still "keeping close tabs" on free agent Dont'a Hightower.

The Patriots were comfortable letting Hightower set his value on the open market, and that is looking like a good decision early in free agency. Although there have been reports about interest, Hightower has yet to be solidly linked to any team. With New England always in win-now mode, they should be looking to bring back Hightower if the price is right.
Mar 11 - 12:39 PM

CBS' Jason La Canfora reports the Patriots are still working to re-sign free agent ILB Dont'a Hightower.

There have been several similar reports throughout the opening day of free agency. For better or worse, Hightower is officially letting the market set his price. For players not scooped up in the opening minutes of free agency, that often ends up a bad thing.
Mar 9 - 10:24 PM