Embed This Dont'a Hightower

Inside Linebacker Age: 27 Exp: 5 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 2017, Hightower will earn a base salary of $1,250,000, a signing bonus of $10,000,000, a roster bonus of $710,931 and a incentive bonus of $875,000, while carrying a cap hit of $5,335,931 and a dead cap value of $17,000,000.

    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 $12,835,931($12,835,931)
    Pre-6/1 Release2017 Dead Cap: $17,000,0002017 Cap Savings: $-11,664,069 Pre-6/1 Trade2017 Dead Cap: $10,000,0002017 Cap Savings: $-4,664,069 Post-6/1 Release2017 Dead Cap: $9,500,0002018 Dead Cap: $7,500,0002017 Cap Savings: $-4,164,069 Post-6/1 Trade2017 Dead Cap: $2,500,0002018 Dead Cap: $7,500,0002017 Cap Savings: $2,835,931
    2018 Contract details by year 28 $5,750,000 $2,500,000 $875,000 - $9,125,000 $13,250,000 $6,625,000($19,460,931)
    Pre-6/1 Release2018 Dead Cap: $13,250,0002018 Cap Savings: $-4,125,000 Pre-6/1 Trade2018 Dead Cap: $7,500,0002018 Cap Savings: $1,625,000 Post-6/1 Release2018 Dead Cap: $8,250,0002019 Dead Cap: $5,000,0002018 Cap Savings: $875,000 Post-6/1 Trade2018 Dead Cap: $2,500,0002019 Dead Cap: $5,000,0002018 Cap Savings: $6,625,000

    Potential Out: 2019, 2 yr, $19,085,931; $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($27,335,931)
    Pre-6/1 Release2019 Dead Cap: $5,000,0002019 Cap Savings: $5,375,000 Pre-6/1 Trade2019 Dead Cap: $5,000,0002019 Cap Savings: $5,375,000 Post-6/1 Release2019 Dead Cap: $2,500,0002020 Dead Cap: $2,500,0002019 Cap Savings: $7,875,000 Post-6/1 Trade2019 Dead Cap: $2,500,0002020 Dead Cap: $2,500,0002019 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($36,210,931)
    Pre-6/1 Release2020 Dead Cap: $2,500,0002020 Cap Savings: $8,875,000 Pre-6/1 Trade2020 Dead Cap: $2,500,0002020 Cap Savings: $8,875,000 Post-6/1 Release2020 Dead Cap: $2,500,0002021 Dead Cap: $02020 Cap Savings: $8,875,000 Post-6/1 Trade2020 Dead Cap: $2,500,0002021 Dead Cap: $02020 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, 13 LTBE in 2017)
    • 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
    2012 22 $390,000 $1,014,364 - $1,404,364 $6,280,729
    2013 23 $741,091 $1,014,364 - $1,755,455 $4,876,365
    2014 24 $1,092,182 $1,014,364 - $2,106,546 $3,120,910
    2015 25 $1,443,273 $1,014,364 - $2,457,637 $1,014,364
    2016 26 $7,751,000 - - $7,751,000 $7,751,000
    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
    5 seasons $11,417,546 $4,057,456 - - - - $16,933 $15,491,935
    2017 Player Cash Earnings $1,250,000 $10,000,000 $710,931 - - - - $12,835,931
    2018 Player Cash Earnings $5,750,000 - $875,000 - - - - $6,625,000
    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 $3,335,931 - - - $16,933 $51,702,866
    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

  • 2017 Player Rankings

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

     

    Cap Hit ($5,335,931) Rank
    NFL: #279
    New England Patriots: #7
    Inside Linebacker: #9

    Total Cash ($12,835,931) Rank
    NFL: #57
    Inside Linebacker: #1

    Average Annual ($8,875,000) Rank
    NFL: #141
    Inside Linebacker: #4
  • Similar Players

    GA GP GS Snaps Snaps% Sacks Tackles Solo Tackles Ast Tackles FF INT AAV
    Nick Bellore, SF
    Similarity Score: 79.64%
    14 14 10 691 0.602 1 83 56 22 1 1 $1,431,000
    Luke Kuechly, CAR
    Similarity Score: 65.5%
    10 10 10 655 0.613 2 102 71 31 1 1 $12,360,313
    Michael Wilhoite, SF
    Similarity Score: 65.31%
    16 16 6 511 0.446 0.5 54 42 9 1 $435,000
    Mason Foster, WAS
    Similarity Score: 64.69%
    16 16 13 770 0.703 1 125 88 36 1 $745,000
    Will Compton, WAS
    Similarity Score: 62.33%
    15 15 15 938 0.856 104 60 43 1 1 $496,667
     

    Statistics

    Season GA GP GS Snaps Snaps% Sacks Tackles Solo Tackles Ast Tackles FF INT
    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
  • Calculated Market Value

    Market Value

    • 4 yrs, $41,092,722
    • Avg. Salary: $10,273,181
    • NFL Rank: #96
    • ILB Rank: #4

    Current Contract

    • Free Agent: 2021
    • Avg. Salary: $8,875,000
    • NFL Rank: #141
    • ILB Rank: #4

    Comparable Players

    The first step in evaluating is to identify players of the same position, with similar playing time/opportunity, who signed a contract around Hightower's current age.

    Player Length Value Avg. Salary Age When Signed
    Jamie Collins 4 $50,000,000 $12,500,000 26
    Luke Kuechly 5 $61,801,565 $12,360,313 24
    Lavonte David 5 $50,250,000 $10,050,000 25
    K.J. Wright 4 $27,000,000 $6,750,000 25
    Averages 4.5 $47,262,891 $10,502,865 25


    Base Calculated Value

    After adjusting the above contracts to match Hightower's current age, we're provided with the following initial value.

    Length Value Avg. Salary
    4 $42,983,270 $10,745,817


    Statistical Comparisons

    Now we'll compare our variables and Hightower statistically over the two seasons prior to their signing.

    Player GP % SOLO TKL/GM SACK/GM QB HUR/GM STOPS/GM AVG RATING
    Jamie Collins 2015-2016, CLE 85.29 4.76 0.36 0.72 3.21 83.2
    Luke Kuechly 2013-2014, CAR 100 5.8 0.17 0.6 4.37 89.2
    Lavonte David 2013-2014, TB 93.75 6.87 0.23 0.7 5.27 88.3
    K.J. Wright 2013-2014, SEA 89.47 4.12 0.1 0.44 2.82 82
    Averages 92.13 5.39 0.22 0.62 3.92 85.68
    Dont'a Hightower 2015-2016 78.38 3.31 0.21 1.24 2.45 86.7
    % Change -14.92% -38.59% -4.55% 100.00% -37.50% 1.19%
    Median Prime % Change -9.74%
    Average Prime % Change 0.94%


    Dont'a Hightower's Calculated Market Value

    After applying our Prime % figures into our base calculated value, we're given two values. The average of these values becomes our current calculated market value.

    Terms Avg. Salary
    4 years, $41,092,722 10,273,181