Around 1:45 pm today the representatives of Dont’a Hightower confirmed that the star
linebacker is re-signing with the New England Patriots. Since being drafted by the
Patriots in 2012, Hightower has been a key defensive cog on and quickly became the
signal caller on a continuously improved defense. Hightower’s play in the postseason
will live in Patriots lore, making a key red zone tackle on Marshawn Lynch in Super
Bowl 49 and causing a MASSIVE forced fumble on Matt Ryan that sparked the epic
comeback in Super Bowl 52 against the Falcons.
It appeared all along that the Patriots were the front runner for the services of the
linebacker, after he explored free agency for the first time once the Patriots elected not
to place the Franchise tag on him. Other teams, the Jets and Steelers in particular,
made compelling cases but all along the feeling amongst league personnel and fans
was that the opportunity to continue playing for Lombardi Trophies was too much to
The numbers for the contract are out, and it appears to be a rather team-friendly deal
for the Patriots. After seeing the contract signed by former teammate Jamie Collins
with the Browns, many assumed that the better all-around Hightower would command
something similar. Looking at the numbers though, it is quite reasonable: 4 years $43
million, with $19 million guaranteed.
Now the most important members of the team on Offense/Defense are on team-
friendly deals, see Thomas Edward Brady, and all is right in the world. Pretty
unbelievable offseason for the Pats, my grade:11/10
The time to get 6 in the mix, *WORKING TITLE*, is full steam ahead. Lets go!