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Steelers Wire Mar 24, 2017
Dont'a Hightower took less money to return to the Patriots

Dont'a Hightower took less money to return to the Patriots

According to CBS football writer Jason La Canfora, the Pittsburgh Steelers were never really in the running for New England Patriots linebacker Dont’a Hightower. La Canfora is reporting that even though the Steelers were offering more money, Hightower was happier going back to New England for a little less. The Steelers would have paid him over $9 million per year to join them, but, despite media reports purporting Hightower could make well over $10 million a season in New England, he ended up taking a base deal worth about $8.7 million per season with the Patriots. The dude never wanted...
Pats Pulpit Mar 22, 2017
Comparing the new contracts for AFC East linebackers Dont’a Hightower and Kiko Alonso, and how it affects CB Malcolm Butler

Comparing the new contracts for AFC East linebackers Dont’a Hightower and Kiko Alonso, and how it affects CB Malcolm Butler

The Patriots and Dolphins have signed their linebackers to contract extensions. Here’s how they line up. The New England Patriots extended star LB Dont’a Hightower to a 4-year contract with a maximum value of $43.5 million, but he is unlikely to see that full amount. According to NFL agent Joel Corry, Hightower’s contract is really 4-years for $35.5 million, with $17 million guaranteed at signing and $2 million in incentives per season. Hightower receives $1 million for playing 80% of the defensive snaps- something he has never accomplished in his career- and $500,000 each for making...
Steelers Depot Mar 23, 2017

Report: Steelers Offered Hightower Over $9 Million Per Season

The Pittsburgh Steelers failed to sign linebacker Dont’a Hightower over a week ago as he ultimately decided to re-sign with the New England Patriots. While we now know the financials related to the deal that Hightower ultimately signed to stay in New England there’s now a report as to what... The post Report: Steelers Offered Hightower Over $9 Million Per Season appeared first on Steelers Depot by Dave Bryan. Go Steelers! [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Boston Herald Mar 22, 2017
Guregian: Can any AFC rivals make a run at the Patriots?

Guregian: Can any AFC rivals make a run at the Patriots?

We’re two weeks into free agency, and it’s hard not to once again pencil in the reloaded Patriots as the favorites to win their sixth Vince Lombardi Trophy next season. The defending Super Bowl champions are the presumptive favorites to head to Minneapolis and repeat.It’s the Patriots and then the rest.After Bill Belichick’s splurge into free agency — signing cornerback Stephon Gilmore and trading for wide receiver Brandin Cooks and tight end Dwayne Allen while retaining linebacker Dont’a Hightower, defensive tackle Alan Branch and safety Duron Harmon — the Patriots are in great...

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