Dont'a Hightower

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Patriots, ILB Age: 31-321d Exp: 9 Years
Drafted: Round 1 (#25 overall), 2012 College: Alabama Agent(s): Pat Dye Jr. (SportsTrust Advisors)

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  • 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.

    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: 2022 / 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 $820,305 $625,000 $9,695,305 $13,250,000 $7,195,305($19,593,740)
    Pre-6/1 Release 2018 Dead Cap: $13,250,000 2018 Cap Savings: $-3,554,695 Pre-6/1 Trade 2018 Dead Cap: $7,500,000 2018 Cap Savings: $2,195,305 Post-6/1 Release 2018 Dead Cap: $8,250,000 2019 Dead Cap: $5,000,000 2018 Cap Savings: $1,445,305 Post-6/1 Trade 2018 Dead Cap: $2,500,000 2019 Dead Cap: $5,000,000 2018 Cap Savings: $7,195,305
    2019 Contract details by year 29 $7,000,000 $2,500,000 $820,305 $1,125,000 $11,445,305 $7,000,000 $8,945,305($28,539,045)
    Pre-6/1 Release 2019 Dead Cap: $7,000,000 2019 Cap Savings: $4,445,305 Pre-6/1 Trade 2019 Dead Cap: $5,000,000 2019 Cap Savings: $6,445,305 Post-6/1 Release 2019 Dead Cap: $4,500,000 2020 Dead Cap: $2,500,000 2019 Cap Savings: $6,945,305 Post-6/1 Trade 2019 Dead Cap: $2,500,000 2020 Dead Cap: $2,500,000 2019 Cap Savings: $8,945,305
    2020 Contract details by year 30 - - - - - - $150,000($28,689,045)
    Pre-6/1 Release 2020 Dead Cap: $0 2020 Cap Savings: $0 Pre-6/1 Trade 2020 Dead Cap: $0 2020 Cap Savings: $0 Post-6/1 Release 2020 Dead Cap: $0 2021 Dead Cap: $0 2020 Cap Savings: $0 Post-6/1 Trade 2020 Dead Cap: $0 2021 Dead Cap: $0 2020 Cap Savings: $0
    2021 Contract details by year 31 $7,850,000 $2,500,000 $772,059 $1,275,000 $12,397,059 $10,350,000 $8,622,059($37,311,104)
    Pre-6/1 Release 2021 Dead Cap: $10,350,000 2021 Cap Savings: $2,047,059 Pre-6/1 Trade 2021 Dead Cap: $2,500,000 2021 Cap Savings: $9,897,059 Post-6/1 Release 2021 Dead Cap: $10,350,000 2022 Dead Cap: $0 2021 Cap Savings: $2,047,059 Post-6/1 Trade 2021 Dead Cap: $2,500,000 2022 Dead Cap: $0 2021 Cap Savings: $9,897,059
    2022 Free Agent Year 32 UFA  
    Contract Notes:
    • $17M fully guaranteed at signing (signing bonus + 2017 salary + 2018 salary)
    • $2M of 2019 salary fully guarantees on 3/17/2019
    • Annual Per Game Active Bonus: $51,470 ($875,000)
    • Playing Time Bonus
      65% defensive snaps: $375,000
      70%: $625,000
      75%: $875,000
      80%: $1M
    • Pro Bowl: $500,000 (LTBE in 2017)
    • 1st Team All Pro: $500,000
    • 2020: opted-out, salary tolls to 2021

    Previous Contracts

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    2012-2016Entry Level

    Contract: 4 yr(s) / $7,724,002
    Signing Bonus $4,057,456
    Average Salary $1,931,001
    Total Guarantees $6,280,729
    Guaranteed at Signing $6,280,729
    Free Agent: 2017 / UFA
  • Estimated Career Earnings

    Year Team Awards Salary Signing Bonus Roster Bonus Workout Bonus Restructure Bonus Option Bonus Incentive Earnings
    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
    2018 Player Cash Earnings $5,750,000 - $820,305 - - - $625,000 $7,195,305
    2019 Player Cash Earnings $7,000,000 - $820,305 - - - $1,125,000 $8,945,305
    2020 Player Cash Earnings - - - - - - $150,000 $150,000
    2021 Player Cash Earnings $7,850,000 - $772,059 - - - - $8,622,059
    10 seasons $33,267,546 $14,057,456 $2,686,104 - - - $2,791,933 $52,803,039
    Seasons Team Salary Signing Bonus Roster Bonus Workout Bonus Restructure Bonus Option Bonus Incentive Total Cash
    10 seasons Player Cash Earnings $33,267,546 $14,057,456 $2,686,104 - - - $2,791,933 $52,803,039
  • Fines

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

      Roughing the Passer against Ryan Tannehill (MIA)


    • TOTAL: $16,537

  • Transactions

    Jul 28 2020Opted out of the 2020 season (COVID-19)
    Mar 15 2017Signed a 4 year $35.5 million contract with New England (NE)
    Apr 29 2015New England (NE) exercised a $7.751 million option for 2016
    Sep 12 2014Fined $16,537 Roughing the Passer against Ryan Tannehill (MIA)
    Jul 18 2012Signed a 4 year $7.72 million contract with New England (NE)
    Apr 26 2012Drafted by New England (NE): Round 1 (#25 overall)
  • 2022 Player Rankings

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    Statistics

    Season Team GA GP GS Snaps Snaps% Sacks Tackles Solo Tackles Ast Tackles FF INT
    2021 NE 15 15 15 634 59.6 1.5 64 40 24
    2020 NE
    2019 NE 15 15 15 738 73.7 5.5 71 47 24
    2018 NE 15 15 15 773 74.0 1 48 24 24 1
    2017 NE 5 5 5 237 22.3 2 14 12 2
    2016 NE 13 13 13 708 68.9 2.5 65 31 34 1
    2015 NE 12 12 12 594 54.2 3.5 61 51 10
    2014 NE 12 12 12 834 76.9 6 89 51 38 1
    2013 NE 16 16 14 857 74.7 1 97 55 42
    2012 NE 14 14 13 568 51.9 4 60 43 17
    Totals 117 117 114 5,943 - 27 569 354 215 2 1