A major name is staying home in New England.
It was reported around 1:32 p.m. today that Dont’a Hightower had chosen to re-sign with the New England Patriots.
The linebacker has spent all 5 of his seasons here in New England and will continue to do so for the next 4 years. Hightower has improved each season and his 3rd year is when he truly broke out. As Jerod Mayo went down with an injury for a second straight year, Hightower was thrust into the spotlight yet again. He clearly had learned from the 2013 season and gave a stellar performance in 2014 and became a top name. In both Super Bowl 49 and 51, Hightower made big time plays. Before Malcolm Butler’s interception, Hightower and Akeem Ayers stopped Marshawn Lynch a half yard short of the goal line. Then in Super Bowl 51, Hightower made the clutch forced fumble to give Tom Brady and the offense a short field to help cut the deficit down to 8 points. Hightower is no stranger to the spotlight now and clearly values playing in big time games as he will make less money in New England than he would in New York.
It is reported that the deal is for four years and 43.5 million and 19 million guaranteed.
Dont’a Hightower must have valued the winning in New England more than the cupcakes in New York, better luck next time Jets, but Hightower wants to play for a winner.