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Hightower gets no fourth-year guarantee

Dont'a Hightower AP

Caught between a three-year salary guarantee behind him and a partial fourth-year guarantee four spots in front of him, Patriots linebacker Dont’a Hightower eventually decided not to continue to try to get a portion of his 2015 salary guaranteed.

Per a source with knowledge of the negotiations, the Patriots consistently refused to guarantee any portion of the fourth year of Hightower’s rookie deal, and so Hightower eventually decided to take the offer and report for camp on time.

He’s due to report at 8:00 a.m. ET Thursday, and the former Alabama standout had no desire to hold out.

Making the decision easier for Hightower was that the Steelers have no plans to guarantee any portion of offensive lineman David DeCastro’s fourth year. ┬áDeCastro was picked one spot before Hightower.

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8 Responses to “Hightower gets no fourth-year guarantee”
  1. rc33 says: Jul 18, 2012 4:31 PM

    Makes thing’s just a little easier for the Steelers, I suppose.
    I guess anything can happen but what are the odds DeCastro won’t be in Pgh. and Hightower won’t be with in New England in 3 seasons?

  2. brokentreehousemusic says: Jul 18, 2012 4:33 PM

    It’s amazing how much other players’ deals affect contract negotiations.

    Hightower will be an absolute wrecking ball for the Pats alongside Mayo and Spikes.

  3. tombradysbaby says: Jul 18, 2012 4:51 PM

    This kid really won the lotto here. He gets paid millions, and gets to be taught by the best linebacking coach in history. Belichick will turn this guy into a monster.

  4. lgw91s says: Jul 18, 2012 5:39 PM

    Fourth year is not a concern for either Hightower or the Patriots. He’ll have an extension by then.

  5. patsfiend says: Jul 18, 2012 6:41 PM

    He should be glad about it. It means he’ll be in line for a monster extension a little earlier after he tears it up with the Pats for the next 3 seasons.

  6. raqaiw says: Jul 18, 2012 6:41 PM

    tombradysbaby says: Jul 18, 2012 4:51 PM

    This kid really won the lotto here. He gets paid millions, and gets to be taught by the best linebacking coach in history. Belichick will turn this guy into a monster.
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    Slow down there, chief.
    I hate the Steelers as much as the next guy, but their DC Dick LeBeau INVENTED the 3-4 defense which relies tremendously on the linebackers, and they’ve been a top defense with some of the best LBs year in and year out. Belichick not so much. Case in point, the “huge” acquisition of Adalius Thomas, who at one point had played every defensive position on the Ravens (including safety) under Rex Ryan was a very good LB, who did nothing under Belichick. Not saying BB isn’t good, just not the best ever.

  7. homelanddefense says: Jul 19, 2012 10:07 AM

    Im guessing Adalius Thomas’ success in Baltimore had a lot more to do with Ray Lewis and the other LB’s then his awesome talent level. And he actually was pretty good for a season or two here before he went crazy.

    As for BB and his history with LB’s Im sure he was referring to his past success as a DC with the Giants. The whole LT, Carson, Banks, Pepper Johnson, etc era.

  8. CKL says: Jul 19, 2012 10:20 AM

    Dick LeBeau didn’t invent the 3-4 D…lol. His zone blitz schemes are his innovation.
    He IS however a fantastic coach and I have a lot of respect for him.

    Chuck Fairbanks ran 3-4 with the Pats way way way back in the day. When it comes to base defenses, there’s not much new under the sun.

    RR’s 3-4 base D is not like BB’s base 3-4 D, or Wade P’s 3-4 base D OR LeBeau’s.

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