Former Alabama LB Dont’a Hightower knew better than to mess with a good thing.
After flirting with the idea of signing a mega-contract elsewhere, the former Crimson Tide star revealed he elected to return to the New England Patriots. SportsTrust Advisors, which represents Hightower, revealed the decision via Twitter on Wednesday afternoon.
— SportsTrust Advisors (@_SportsTrust) March 15, 2017
Hightower had been considering aggressive advances from the Pittsburgh Steelers and Tennessee Titans, among others, during the free agency process.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the agreement with the Super Bowl 51 champions is worth $43.5 million over four years, including $19 million in guaranteed money.
Patriots are giving LB Dont'a Hightower a 4-year, $43.5M deal that includes $19M guaranteed, per @_sportstrust.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 15, 2017
Coming off arguably his best season as a pro, Hightower was both a 2016 Pro Bowl player and second-team All-Pro for his work on the defense that helped Tom Brady to his fifth Super Bowl title.
After coming to the Patriots as a first-round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, Hightower won two Super Bowl rings. Hightower was a consensus All-American in 2011 during his final season at Alabama. He won BCS national titles with the Crimson Tide in both 2009 and 2011.