Patriots re-sign LB Hightower

Beth Cruz
March 16, 2017

After years of an inevitable Patriots division title, a potential signing like this could have some significant ripple effects.

It is reported that the deal is for four years and 43.5 million and 19 million guaranteed.

Despite being courted heavily by the Jets in recent days, linebacker Dont'a Hightower will re-sign with the Patriots, his representatives, SportsTrust Advisors, announced on Twitter. The New England Patriots defensive co-captain from a year ago has visited and received interest from the Tennessee Titans and AFC East rival New York Jets over the weekend. Whether Dont'a Hightower signs a contract or not remains to be seen.

The Jets have also committed some assets to the linebacker position recently, selecting Darron Lee with their first round pick and a third round pick on Jordan Jenkins.

It harkens back to the Pats' 2007 off-season, when they traded for Randy Moss and Wes Welker, and signed Adalius Thomas and Donte Stallworth.

Bouchette expects that he would get a better deal in New England and that the Steelers would not match anything close to $12-15 million a season.

The Patriots drafted Hightower in the first round in the 2012 NFL draft out of Alabama and has been a full-time starter since, blossoming into of the league's best inside linebackers.

Were the Jets getting played? But the 49ers could use a young player to develop at that spot.

Hightower appeared in 14 games with the Patriots last season, accounting for 65 tackles with 2.5 sacks and a forced fumble.

With the Hightower deal done, the Patriots are in fantastic shape heading into the draft. But after visiting the Tennessee Titans, New York Jets and Pittsburgh Steelers, the former Alabama All-American has made a decision to stay with the Patriots. Because it's not his time to get that money, just like you can probably bet they won't give a big contract to Cooks until they have to either.

Retaining Hightower is a highly important personnel move for the Patriots.

The market and current offensive style has set the terms.

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