Embed This Dont'a Hightower

Outside Linebacker Age: 28 Exp: 6 Years
Drafted: Round 1 (#25 overall), 2012 College: Alabama Agent(s): Pat Dye Jr. (SportsTrust Advisors)
  • Current Contract

    Dont'a Hightower signed a 4 year, $35,500,000 contract with the New England Patriots, including a $10,000,000 signing bonus, $19,000,000 guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $8,875,000. In 2018, Hightower will earn a base salary of $5,750,000 and a roster bonus of $273,435, while carrying a cap hit of $8,523,435 and a dead cap value of $13,250,000.

    Contract: 4 yr(s) / $35,500,000
    Signing Bonus $10,000,000
    Average Salary $8,875,000
    Total Guarantees $19,000,000
    Guaranteed at Signing $17,000,000
    Free Agent: 2021 / UFA
      Bonus Breakdown Cap Details Cash Details  
    Year   Age Base Salary Signing Roster Misc. Cap Hit Dead Cap Yearly Cash
    2017 Contract details by year 27 $1,250,000 $2,500,000 $710,931 $875,000 $5,335,931 $17,000,000 $12,398,435($12,398,435)
    Pre-6/1 Release 2017 Dead Cap: $17,000,000 2017 Cap Savings: $-11,664,069 Pre-6/1 Trade 2017 Dead Cap: $10,000,000 2017 Cap Savings: $-4,664,069 Post-6/1 Release 2017 Dead Cap: $9,500,000 2018 Dead Cap: $7,500,000 2017 Cap Savings: $-4,164,069 Post-6/1 Trade 2017 Dead Cap: $2,500,000 2018 Dead Cap: $7,500,000 2017 Cap Savings: $2,835,931
    2018 Contract details by year 28 $5,750,000 $2,500,000 $273,435 - $8,523,435 $13,250,000 $6,023,435($18,421,870)
    Pre-6/1 Release 2018 Dead Cap: $13,250,000 2018 Cap Savings: $-4,726,565 Pre-6/1 Trade 2018 Dead Cap: $7,500,000 2018 Cap Savings: $1,023,435 Post-6/1 Release 2018 Dead Cap: $8,250,000 2019 Dead Cap: $5,000,000 2018 Cap Savings: $273,435 Post-6/1 Trade 2018 Dead Cap: $2,500,000 2019 Dead Cap: $5,000,000 2018 Cap Savings: $6,023,435

    Potential Out: 2019, 2 yr, $18,421,870; $5,000,000 dead cap

    2019 Contract details by year 29 $7,000,000 $2,500,000 $875,000 - $10,375,000 $5,000,000 $7,875,000($26,296,870)
    Pre-6/1 Release 2019 Dead Cap: $5,000,000 2019 Cap Savings: $5,375,000 Pre-6/1 Trade 2019 Dead Cap: $5,000,000 2019 Cap Savings: $5,375,000 Post-6/1 Release 2019 Dead Cap: $2,500,000 2020 Dead Cap: $2,500,000 2019 Cap Savings: $7,875,000 Post-6/1 Trade 2019 Dead Cap: $2,500,000 2020 Dead Cap: $2,500,000 2019 Cap Savings: $7,875,000
    2020 Contract details by year 30 $8,000,000 $2,500,000 $875,000 - $11,375,000 $2,500,000 $8,875,000($35,171,870)
    Pre-6/1 Release 2020 Dead Cap: $2,500,000 2020 Cap Savings: $8,875,000 Pre-6/1 Trade 2020 Dead Cap: $2,500,000 2020 Cap Savings: $8,875,000 Post-6/1 Release 2020 Dead Cap: $2,500,000 2021 Dead Cap: $0 2020 Cap Savings: $8,875,000 Post-6/1 Trade 2020 Dead Cap: $2,500,000 2021 Dead Cap: $0 2020 Cap Savings: $8,875,000
    2021 Free Agent Year 31 UFA  
    Contract Notes:
    • $17M fully guaranteed at signing (signing bonus + 2017 salary + 2018 salary)
    • $2M of 2019 salary fully guarantees on the 5th league day of 2019
    • Annual Per Game Active Bonus: $54,687 ($875,000, 5 LTBE in 2018)
    • Annual 80% defensive snaps bonus: $1M
    • Pro Bowl: $500,000 (LTBE in 2017)
    • 1st Team All Pro: $500,000

    Previous Contracts

    2012-2016Entry Level

    Contract: 4 yr(s) / $7,724,002
    Signing Bonus $4,057,456
    Average Salary $1,931,001
    Guaranteed $6,280,729
    Free Agent: 2017 / UFA
    Year   Age Base Salary Signing Bonus Workout Bonus Cap Hit Dead Yearly Cash
    2012 22 $390,000 $1,014,364 - $1,404,364 $6,280,729 $4,447,456($35,171,870)
    2013 23 $741,091 $1,014,364 - $1,755,455 $4,876,365 $741,091($35,171,870)
    2014 24 $1,092,182 $1,014,364 - $2,106,546 $3,120,910 $1,092,182($35,171,870)
    2015 25 $1,443,273 $1,014,364 - $2,457,637 $1,014,364 $1,443,273($35,171,870)
    2016 26 $7,751,000 - - $7,751,000 $7,751,000 $7,767,933($35,171,870)
    2017 Free agent year 27 UFA  
    • Signing Bonus: $4.05 million
    • $6.28 million guaranteed (Signing Bonus + 2012-14 base)
    • 2016 5th year option available (exercised, guarantees 3/9/16)
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  • Estimated Career Earnings

    Year Team Salary Signing Bonus Roster Bonus Workout Bonus Restructure Bonus Option Bonus Incentive Total Cash
    2012 Player Cash Earnings $390,000 $4,057,456 - - - - - $4,447,456
    2013 Player Cash Earnings $741,091 - - - - - - $741,091
    2014 Player Cash Earnings $1,092,182 - - - - - - $1,092,182
    2015 Player Cash Earnings $1,443,273 - - - - - - $1,443,273
    2016 Player Cash Earnings $7,751,000 - - - - - $16,933 $7,767,933
    2017 Player Cash Earnings $1,250,000 $10,000,000 $273,435 - - - $875,000 $12,398,435
    6 seasons $12,667,546 $14,057,456 $273,435 - - - $891,933 $27,890,370
    2018 Player Cash Earnings $5,750,000 - $273,435 - - - - $6,023,435
    2019 Player Cash Earnings $7,000,000 - $875,000 - - - - $7,875,000
    2020 Player Cash Earnings $8,000,000 - $875,000 - - - - $8,875,000
    $33,417,546 $14,057,456 $2,296,870 - - - $891,933 $50,663,805
    Seasons Team Salary Signing Bonus Roster Bonus Workout Bonus Restructure Bonus Option Bonus Incentive Total Cash
  • Fines

    • Player contract details by year 09/12/2014, $16,537

      Roughing the Passer against Ryan Tannehill (MIA)


    • TOTAL: $16,537

  • 2018 Player Rankings

    A visual look at how Dont'a Hightower ranks across the league, conference, division, and team.

     

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    Statistics

    Season GA GP GS Snaps Snaps% Sacks Tackles Solo Tackles Ast Tackles FF INT
    2017 5 5 5 237 0.326 2 14 12 2
    2016 13 13 13 708 0.689 2.5 65 31 34 1
    2015 12 12 12 594 0.542 3.5 61 51 10
    2014 12 12 12 834 0.769 6 89 51 38 1
    2013 16 16 14 857 0.747 1 97 55 42
    2012 14 14 13 568 0.519 4 60 43 17