dangolka (CBS) — One other Patriots participant is opting out of the 2020 season, and he’s a giant one. Linebacker Dont’a Hightower won’t play this season, based on ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Hightower, who simply grew to become a father for the primary time on July 16, was scheduled to make $eight million this 12 months, which might have been his ninth season with New England.
A 3-time Tremendous Bowl champ, Hightower has been one in every of New England’s defensive leaders because the workforce drafted him 25th general within the 2012 NFL Draft. He racked up 71 tackles in his 15 video games performed final season, and returned a fumble for his first landing because the 2012 season.
This will probably be a giant blow to the New England protection, which additionally misplaced linebackers Kyle Van Noy and Jamie Collins in free company. The Patriots did draft an inside linebacker in second rounder Josh Uche, who may discover himself getting some rapid enjoying time in Hightower’s absence.
Hightower turns into the fourth Patriot participant to decide out of 2020, becoming a member of proper sort out Marcus Cannon, fullback Danny Vitale and offensive lineman Najee Toran.