Dont'a Hightower spurns Steelers, will re-sign with Patriots
March 15, 2017 1:43 PM
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Linebacker Dont'a Hightower, pictured here after Super Bowl LI, has designed to re-sign with the Patriots.
By Ray Fittipaldo / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Going against their grain, the Steelers tried to make a big splash in free agency, but Dont’a Hightower’s decision to return to New England Wednesday afternoon put the Steelers back in their usual position of picking through the bargain bin of free agents.
After spending most of his Tuesday at Steelers headquarters, Hightower re-signed with the defending Super Bowl champion Patriots Wednesday afternoon. Hightower, a former first-round pick who spent his first five seasons with the Patriots, will make $43.5 million in a four-year deal with $19 million guaranteed.
As for the inside linebacker spot the Steelers were attempting to fill with Hightower, Vince Williams remains the likely replacement at the inside linebacker spot the position were attempting to fill with Hightower. The Steelers signed him to a $5.5 million, three-year contract last summer.
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