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Damon Campbell | 16 March, 2017, 00:45

Dont'a Hightower is returning to the New England Patriots, sources tell ESPN. As it turned out, the 27-year-old landed a deal worth $10.875 million in average annual value, which is the second most in the National Football League among middle linebackers (Luke Kuechly).

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that NY even offered him a contract earlier this week but withdrew their offer after he left the team facility without inking his name on the dotted line. The New England Patriots defensive co-captain from a year ago has visited and received interest from the Tennessee Titans and AFC East rival New York Jets over the weekend. His suitors apparently believed that too.

The Patriots made their biggest move of an already busy free agent season by re-signing LB Dont'a Hightower to a 4-year deal worth $43.5 million dollars with a full $19 million guaranteed. "My belief is that would be this season, maybe I'm wrong but he knows that the end is coming", Kellerman said. He left Florham Park on Monday for Pittsburgh.

The re-signing of Hightower continues a great offseason for the Patriots. The Patriots have been aggressive in free agency and making trades just a week into free agency.

On one hand, it could be a false report floated out by Hightower's agent. Why? They reportedly offered him over $10 million per year and even gave him cupcakes for his birthday.

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"That's one thing we're able to do that's a real big key around here, especially in the Patriot Way, is smart football", the linebacker explained, per Mark Farinella of the Sun Chronicle. In five seasons with the team, Hightower has helped them win two Super Bowls and he's an integral part of the team.

This way, the Patriots not only retained Hightower; they did so without the hard feelings that can accompany the use of the franchise tag.

Hightower played in 13 games or the Patriots last season, recording a total of 65 tackles and 2.5 sacks.

Two years earlier in Super Bowl 49, Hightower tackled Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch at the 1-yard line with 1:06 to play.

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