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Dont’a Hightower stays with the Patriots

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The best remaining free agent in the NFL has found his new team, and it’s the same as his old team.

Patriots linebacker Dont’a Hightower will re-sign with the Patriots, his agent announced on Twitter.

Hightower was generally recognized as the best player still available after the first couple of days of free agency, but it appeared that he wasn’t getting the kinds of offers he had hoped to receive. There’s no word yet on the value of his new contract with the Patriots, but reports indicated he was seeking $12 million a year but not getting offers worth much more than $10 million a year.

But while Hightower might have been disappointed in the market for his services, the Patriots will not be at all disappointed with keeping Hightower. Patriots coach Bill Belichick has praised Hightower many times, including after Super Bowl LI, when Belichick said Hightower’s strip-sack was the play that turned the game around for the Patriots in their dramatic comeback win.

It’s been a strong free agency period for the defending champs, who continue to look like the favorites to win the Super Bowl again in 11 months.

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80 Responses to “Dont’a Hightower stays with the Patriots”
  1. ryansbachelorparty says: Mar 15, 2017 1:37 PM

    WOOOO!!

  2. kurdishpats1 says: Mar 15, 2017 1:37 PM

    Hate on, haters.

    It’s good to be king.

    #BlitzForSix

  3. wte1 says: Mar 15, 2017 1:37 PM

    Yes!!! The best free agency in Belichick’s history just got better!

    Winning!!!

  4. rideforjesus says: Mar 15, 2017 1:38 PM

    the rich just get richer…..

  5. navyvandal says: Mar 15, 2017 1:38 PM

    He turned down the Jets offer 2 days ago…BAHAHAHAHA

    Also, to my friends back in Taxachusetts, it’s a 7 hour drive to Minneapolis from Chicago if you guys want to fly here make the trip for the super bowl next year 🙂

  6. coreycroom says: Mar 15, 2017 1:38 PM

    Welcome back Zeus!

  7. Hitdog18 says: Mar 15, 2017 1:39 PM

    How cold is Minnesota in Feb? Don’t worry, I’ll find out

  8. bertilfox says: Mar 15, 2017 1:39 PM

    He was obviously highly respected by Bill Belichick when he was not franchised and left to seek his market value. Now they get back a strong component of an excellent Defense who has no ill feelings toward the organization. ONE MORE!

  9. Della Street says: Mar 15, 2017 1:40 PM

    Welcome Home.

  10. maust1013 says: Mar 15, 2017 1:41 PM

    ♫ Meet the new boss, ♫
    ♫ Same as the old boss ♫

  11. grogansheroes says: Mar 15, 2017 1:41 PM

    Just like Bill did with McCourty, he let him find out his worth. Only two other teams had interest, so there wasn’t a huge market like there is for corners or pass rushers. Its a win win for the Pats. No disgruntled player, and he knows they didn’t low ball him.
    And, he didn’t want to lose to the Pats twice a year, and in the playoffs with the Steelers.

  12. tylawspick6 says: Mar 15, 2017 1:41 PM

    Boom goes the dynamite! Pats = Locked and Loaded

    Now the question is:

    Do they get 2 1sts for Garropolo or a 1st and a 2nd?

    Butler will give them a 1st, so will it be #11 or #32?

    All kinds of cherries on top for the Pats.

    Goodell has just committed harikari on Park Ave.

  13. dietrich43 says: Mar 15, 2017 1:41 PM

    I hope the Jets and Steelers got him more money!

  14. takeyourpunishmentandquitwhininglikeababy says: Mar 15, 2017 1:41 PM

    Patriots’ glory days are over. Going to be a lot of long faced, obnoxious fans this season.

  15. cma1973 says: Mar 15, 2017 1:41 PM

    Sweet!!!!!

  16. hockeykrishna says: Mar 15, 2017 1:42 PM

    Great news for us Pats fans. Best news since Brandin……

  17. urmomsmyho says: Mar 15, 2017 1:42 PM

    I’m glad the Jets didn’t cave and offer him some absurd amount of $.

    While he would have been a nice addition to the team, Jets need to build their young core first before they spend $ on big free agents.

    Love em or hate em, you have to respect that Big Mac and Bowles appear to be making the right long-term decisions for the Jets and not just signing guys to save their jobs.

  18. pats777 says: Mar 15, 2017 1:42 PM

    Boomtower.

  19. silverandblack052099 says: Mar 15, 2017 1:43 PM

    BOOOO!!

  20. wib22 says: Mar 15, 2017 1:43 PM

    Patriots always win.

    Eat it haters!

  21. i thumbs down your comment says: Mar 15, 2017 1:43 PM

    BB’s offer went down by 5% for every day in free agency. Well played Dont’a

  22. TheWizard says: Mar 15, 2017 1:43 PM

    With the draft on top of all this, it’s been a great offseason for NE.

  23. theyhatewe says: Mar 15, 2017 1:44 PM

    NOICE!!!
    Now end the Butler saga

  24. dansardo says: Mar 15, 2017 1:45 PM

    Now if they could just figure out how to work it out with butler 19-0 might actually be a realistic goal…..

  25. davexucc says: Mar 15, 2017 1:45 PM

    I’ve really never like the Patriots much, but I do hate Goodell. So seeing them win gives me a little joy with the discomfort it provides Goodell.

  26. puckskin says: Mar 15, 2017 1:45 PM

    Yes!

  27. terripet says: Mar 15, 2017 1:46 PM

    Cause teams know your injury prone

  28. walker1191 says: Mar 15, 2017 1:46 PM

    Honestly, if you don’t keep guys like this on your team it just doesn’t look good – he’s 27, he’s done everything right, he’s played an integral part in 2 SBs and he’s what you need to add a few more.

    Interested to see what happens with Malcom Butler. if they don’t keep him, I think it indicates that they like Rowe in that spot opposite Gilmore as he’s a bit bigger than Butler.

  29. theringisthething says: Mar 15, 2017 1:46 PM

    WOOOO is right!

    I would love to get some early round draft picks back now, but – I am more interested in getting Butler back in to the fold.

  30. bigj67 says: Mar 15, 2017 1:47 PM

    It looks like the Patriots are winning another Super Bowl.

  31. FootballFan#572 says: Mar 15, 2017 1:47 PM

    As important to the locker room as on the field..

  32. clashpoint says: Mar 15, 2017 1:48 PM

    Wow nobody saw this coming. Lol

    He was just using the other teams to try driving his price up, can’t blame him, you and me and our agents would have done the same. Why would you want to leave the defending champions anyways, especially when they’re more stacked now than when they won the super bowl?

  33. terrier92 says: Mar 15, 2017 1:48 PM

    I recognize that an individual has to weigh a lot of factors when deciding where to work. However when the money is not that disparate working for an organization that is at the top of ones profession with professional co-workers can be a powerful draw.

  34. brwmstr says: Mar 15, 2017 1:48 PM

    and the BLITZ for SIX rambles on!!!!

  35. patriots123456 says: Mar 15, 2017 1:48 PM

    A sigh of relief to many of us Patriots fans.

    Roger that. Lol

  36. swagger52 says: Mar 15, 2017 1:49 PM

    The best part of offseason is that Dontae Hightower won’t be injured.

    Patriots got a deal for guy who can’t stay on the field.

  37. straighcashhomey says: Mar 15, 2017 1:50 PM

    amazing offseason for Pats. Easily a better team than last year.

  38. billymutt says: Mar 15, 2017 1:50 PM

    Excellent news, it would have been weird to see him play for another team.

    His ability to come up big in clutch situations more than makes up for the fact that he’s missed some games in the last few seasons. And his leadership in the Patriots defense is extremely valuable.

    Thanks for staying Dont’a!

  39. themikegun says: Mar 15, 2017 1:53 PM

    Pats don’t give him the franchise tag and let him negotiate with other teams. Pitt says he can’t leave town or the offer is rescinded. Which team would you rather deal with?

    The Jets cupcakes would have had me signing though. After the sugar rush I’d be: “What did I just do?”

  40. u4icgroov says: Mar 15, 2017 1:53 PM

    I’m glad he signed first to set the market. Hopefully this allows the Raiders to sign Zach Brown to a reasonable contract.

  41. weepingjebus says: Mar 15, 2017 1:53 PM

    Great news. There’s a reason Bruschi didn’t want his number retired and it was instead given to Hightower.

    As for the haters, we tried talking to you. Tried reasoning with you. Even tried showing you. But in the end you must be bent to the wheel. Roger that.

  42. popcherrycoke says: Mar 15, 2017 1:54 PM

    The rationalization by the haters is hilarious. Patriots are in declind? Hightower cant stsy on the field?

    You realize how we all laugh at your delusions, right? LOL

  43. justchuckn says: Mar 15, 2017 1:55 PM

    Sorry jets fans sprinkles are for winners.

  44. cmstrick says: Mar 15, 2017 1:59 PM

    Gee… that’s good news. I’m so happy for them…

  45. FootballFan#572 says: Mar 15, 2017 2:00 PM

    Now the question is Butler trade or Jimmy G trade. No way the Pats go into this draft without a number 1…

  46. bostonfan4eva says: Mar 15, 2017 2:03 PM

    Way to go Donta’, good choice staying with a winner. The Jets would have ruined you. So let’s see, now they their team is better than last year by far, do we see an undefeated season in the future? And # 6 ? I say Hell Yeah !!!

  47. blah773 says: Mar 15, 2017 2:05 PM

    and suddenly patriot fans who bid him good riddance are no longer worried about him as a liability in pass coverage. the end.

  48. ggreen657 says: Mar 15, 2017 2:12 PM

    Don’t under estimate the value that winning another Super Bowl brings to his future. Guys like McGinnest and Bruschi won 3 Super Bowls with the team and now they are fixtures on major network outlets. Rodney won only 2 but finished with the Pats and he is a star on NBC. Hightower would end up in obscurity with the Jets but could parlay this into a future in broadcasting. Super Bowls = Exposure.

  49. grogansheroes says: Mar 15, 2017 2:14 PM

    swagger52 says:
    Mar 15, 2017 1:49 PM
    The best part of offseason is that Dontae Hightower won’t be injured.

    Patriots got a deal for guy who can’t stay on the field.
    —————————————————————–
    The injuries he has are minor. They just hold him out for a couple of games so he is ready for the extra 2-3 games they play every year. Other teams don’t have to worry about it.
    Hightower has already played an extra half season in the playoffs.

  50. bubbybrister/shovelpass says: Mar 15, 2017 2:16 PM

    Pats just won the off-season… Yay. That always translates to the SB in the NFL season. AmIright?

    Signed,
    Rex

  51. ragnarthegreat says: Mar 15, 2017 2:28 PM

    Folks, may I present to you next year’s first cap casualty!

  52. quizlingclinic says: Mar 15, 2017 2:29 PM

    As Larry Bird said before the first 3-point contest, “Which one of you is going to finish 2nd?”

    Pats are on another plane

  53. themikegun says: Mar 15, 2017 2:30 PM

    bubbybrister/shovelpass says:
    Mar 15, 2017 2:16 PM
    Pats just won the off-season… Yay. That always translates to the SB in the NFL season. AmIright?

    Signed,
    Rex
    ******************************************************

    Sometimes you’re so loaded with talent you don’t need to win the off-season. Coming off a Super Bowl victory with almost all pieces intact…and then adding to it is huge!

  54. milehipigskin says: Mar 15, 2017 2:33 PM

    Did he get to keep the extra cupcakes from the Jets interview?

  55. swagger52 says: Mar 15, 2017 2:38 PM

    To make this investment pay off, the Patriots better upgrade their rehab facilities.

  56. More Cowbell says: Mar 15, 2017 2:44 PM

    dietrich43 says:
    Mar 15, 2017 1:41 PM
    I hope the Jets and Steelers got him more money!

    —————————–

    Im pretty sure they did, but Belichick would have planned on the price getting nudged up when he sent him out there to look around. There would have been a ceiling, if DH came back with an offer over that ceiling BB would just wish him the best. If he came back with an offer under the ceiling BB would have just countered with the ceiling. There was never a question that he would indeed get offers, the only question was how many and how high.

  57. aarons444 says: Mar 15, 2017 2:47 PM

    To the 31 NFL teams NOT residing in Massachusetts;

    You’re playing for 2nd place.

    New England is better than you in every way imaginable.

  58. aarons444 says: Mar 15, 2017 2:48 PM

    Congrats Patriot fans.

    I envy you.

  59. More Cowbell says: Mar 15, 2017 2:48 PM

    blah773 says:
    Mar 15, 2017 2:05 PM
    and suddenly patriot fans who bid him good riddance are no longer worried about him as a liability in pass coverage. the end.

    —————–

    The only place I heard comments downplaying value were Jets and Steelers fans trying to make arguments why their team should get him on the cheap.

    The same thing is going on in the comments on articles about Butler and Garrapolo.

  60. patsfan1820 says: Mar 15, 2017 2:48 PM

    Well it’s about time. Now end the Butler situation with either getting him back or getting a decent draft pick for him and there shouldn’t be anymore problems to solve until the draft.

  61. More Cowbell says: Mar 15, 2017 2:52 PM

    takeyourpunishmentandquitwhininglikeababy says:
    Mar 15, 2017 1:41 PM
    Patriots’ glory days are over. Going to be a lot of long faced, obnoxious fans this season.

    ——————

    Not in New England there wont be. Come on up here and enjoy the cheerful mood.

  62. graylingskies says: Mar 15, 2017 2:52 PM

    Very good. I was worried they’d lost Donta. This will be good for all teams the Pats play this coming season. I don’t think any team will have an easy go of it, including the Pats. There are some very talented kids coming out of this year’s draft and some talented coaches emerging.

  63. jeremy1117 says: Mar 15, 2017 2:55 PM

    Pats just won the off-season… Yay. That always translates to the SB in the NFL season. AmIright?

    Signed,
    Rex
    —————-

    When the team that wins the offseason won 2 of the last 3 Super Bowls, another title isn’t a stretch…

  64. xbam says: Mar 15, 2017 2:55 PM

    Wonder what his Moms is going to with all that Jets gear the team gave her…NYJ….always the bridesmaid and never the bride….

  65. tigerlilac says: Mar 15, 2017 2:55 PM

    Stuff happens so you never know who will win the super bowl but they have to be the favorite.

    Their B team could make the playoffs.

    BB letting Hightower test free agency was both brilliance and class.

  66. fireroger says: Mar 15, 2017 2:59 PM

    takeyourpunishmentandquitwhininglikeababy says:
    Mar 15, 2017 1:41 PM
    Patriots’ glory days are over. Going to be a lot of long faced, obnoxious fans this season.
    ========================
    Didn’t you say that last year as well?

    I suppose if you say it enough time you might be right eventually. Right?

  67. jeremy1117 says: Mar 15, 2017 3:01 PM

    “No more mistakes. No more ‘my bad.’ Gotta be perfect.”

    Hightower to teammates in SB51 as the Patriots began their comeback.

  68. patsrule59 says: Mar 15, 2017 3:03 PM

    “Didn’t you say that last year as well?”

    = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = =

    Last year? More like the last 5 or 6 years.

  69. tedmurph says: Mar 15, 2017 3:21 PM

    It’s not even fair anymore. What an offseason. Wait till they recoup draft pks on Butler and/or Garappolo. And they get Gronk back next year. Hurts, don’t it?

  70. aballinhighgrass says: Mar 15, 2017 3:26 PM

    Other teams must be wondering how the Pats do it. Even when they examine the moves they must wonder, “How can we do that?’ And the answer is always the same. We can’t and they can because they are the Patriots. Must be a ‘deflating’ experience for those other teams. Go Pats!

  71. patsfan4lifesbchamps says: Mar 15, 2017 3:34 PM

    In Belichick we trust

  72. tim8450 says: Mar 15, 2017 3:38 PM

    If the Pats traded both Butler and Garappolo, then they could actually be looking at collecting 3 (Three!) first round picks and maybe a 2nd or another 3rd on top.

    Let that sink in haters. It can still get much worse, for you.

  73. mmmpierogi says: Mar 15, 2017 3:55 PM

    Shocking!

  74. cdace13 says: Mar 15, 2017 4:03 PM

    What a great off-season so far!! This is exciting.

  75. thrifty says: Mar 15, 2017 4:15 PM

    Two things we can count on in the offseason from pats’ fans:
    1) asinine
    2) obnoxious

  76. toddsuperbowles says: Mar 15, 2017 4:29 PM

    davexucc says:
    Mar 15, 2017 1:45 PM
    I’ve really never like the Patriots much, but I do hate Goodell. So seeing them win gives me a little joy with the discomfort it provides Goodell.

    Come on, dude. Do you know how much money Goodell makes a year? Trust me, he doesn’t care one bit about the Patriots winning.

  77. superpatsfan5 says: Mar 15, 2017 4:38 PM

    Great job getting him back! Still Butler and Garoppolo to sort out. Let’s see if they can handle those as well as they have handled the rest so far.

  78. xofdallas says: Mar 15, 2017 4:49 PM

    Man, they have all the pieces in place except the issue on Butler. Do the Patriots even need a draft this year?

  79. 1historian says: Mar 16, 2017 8:23 AM

    Aarons444: Your 2:4 p.m. post.

    Thank you. Believe me – we KNOW how lucky we are.

  80. 1historian says: Mar 16, 2017 8:24 AM

    The rich get richer – because they are SMARTER

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