Hightower Returns to Patriots on 4-Year Deal

Thursday, March 16, 2017
Joe Calabro, GoLocalProv Sports Team

Dont'a Hightower returns to Patriots PHOTO: flickr
Linebacker Dont’a Hightower is returning to New England. 

According to his agency, SportsTrust Advisors, Hightower is returning to the Patriots on a four year deal worth $43.5 million with $19 million guaranteed. 

Hightower had heavy interest from both the Jets and Steelers, visiting the Steelers on Tuesday. 

Hightower With the Patriots 

In his time in New England, Hightower has recorded two of the biggest plays in Patriots Super Bowl history. 

In Super Bowl 51, Hightower’s fourth quarter strip sack of Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan helped spark the Patriots to a 25 point second half comeback. Following the game, head coach Bill Belichick called the play a game changer. 

Two years earlier in Super Bowl 49, Hightower tackled Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch at the 1-yard line with 1:06 to play. On the next play, Malcolm Butler intercepted Russell Wilson to seal the Patriots Super Bowl win. 

In 2016, Hightower was named a team captain for the first time and finished the year with 65 tackles, 2.5 sacks and eight quarterback hits. 

 

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