The Patriots signed No. 25 overall pick Dont'a Hightower to a four-year
deal with a club option for a fifth year.
Hightower, 6-4, 270, can play inside or outside linebacker in the 3-4
defense, the same scheme he played at Alabama under coach Nick Saban.
The Patriots traded up to draft Hightower 25th in April's NFL draft. He
was one of two first-round picks by the Patriots, who also selected
Syracuse junior defensive end Chandler Jones.
Hightower's deal is worth at least $7.57 million and up to $7.8 million
with $6.2 million in total guaranteed money.
Hightower had 234 career tackles at Alabama and was a consensus
All-American as a junior last season.
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