OLB Donta Hightower - New England Patriots
|6-2, 265||Born: 3-12-1990||College: Alabama||Drafted: Round 1, pick 25|
He is listed as questionable on this week's official injury report.
News you need to know
General News (Fri Feb 3): partially participated in Friday's practice and is questionable to play this week.
General News (Wed Feb 1): partially participated in Wednesday's practice.
Recent Stats and Projections
Latest NewsPatriots | Dont'a Hightower could get transition tag (Sun Feb 19, 03:04 PM) - New England Patriots impending free-agent LB Dont'a Hightower may be more likely to receive the transition tag than the franchise tag if the Patriots decide to use a tag on him, in the opinion of ESPNBoston.com's Mike Reiss. Our View: Hightower would receive around $11 million if he receives the transition tag and the Patriots would have the first right of refusal if another team signed him. The franchise tag would be worth between $14.5 million and $15 million, which may be too rich for the Patriots.
link to story Patriots | Dont'a Hightower a candidate to be tagged (Tue Feb 14, 12:05 AM) - New England Patriots LB Dont'a Hightower is 'the prime candidate to receive the franchise tag' if the team decides to use it, according to Mike Reiss of ESPNBoston.com Our View: The Patriots have plenty of cap space to sign Hightower to a long-term deal. They could use the franchise tag as leverage to give themselves more time to work out a multi-year contract.
link to story Patriots | Dont'a Hightower may test the market (Thu Feb 9, 04:28 PM) - New England Patriots impending free-agent LB Dont'a Hightower said he's been in contact with former teammate and current Cleveland Browns LB Jamie Collins and other players to better handle the free-agent process. When asked if Hightower would take less money to stay with the Patriots, Hightower only said 'we'll see,' and that he has a long process to go through. link to story Patriots | No surgery for Dont'a Hightower (Wed Feb 8, 04:49 PM) - New England Patriots LB Dont'a Hightower (knee, shoulder) will not need to undergo any surgeries this offseason even though he dealt with knee and shoulder injuries during the season. Our View: Hightower missed three games this year, and he was never fully healthy dealing with these nagging injuries. A free agent this offseason, avoiding surgery should help his market value. The Patriots have the third-most salary cap space ($65 million) at this time, so if they want to keep Hightower they'll be able to afford him.
link to story Patriots | Dont'a Hightower could receive tag (Wed Feb 8, 03:04 PM) - New England Patriots impending free-agent LB Dont'a Hightower is a candidate for the franchise tag if the two sides are not able to reach an agreement on a long-term deal. Our View: The Patriots have plenty of salary cap space this year. In fact, they have the third most at this time (around $65 million). They could place the tag on Hightower to keep him under their control while working behind the scenes to get him signed before the July 15th deadline.
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