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. DeCastro was picked one spot before Hightower.