Dont'a Hightower

Linebacker

Age: 30
Free Agency: 2022 (UFA)
Accrued Seasons: 8
  • 2020 Salary Cap Charge: $0 (0.00% of cap)
  • 2020 Cash Payout: $150,000 (0.10% of spending)
  • 2020 Cash to Cap Ratio: 0
  • Contract Value: $35,500,000 ($8,875,000 APY)
  • Fully Guaranteed Money: $17,000,000
  • Contract Ranking: 33/297 at LB

Current Contract

(UFA, signed 2017)
(📝: indicates contract trigger occuring during that year)
YearAgeBase SalaryProrated BonusPer Game Roster BonusOther BonusGuaranteed SalaryCap
Number
Cap %
Dead Money & Cap Savings
201727$1,250,000$2,500,000$875,000$875,000$1,250,000$5,335,9383.2%
201828$5,750,000$2,500,000$875,000$0$5,750,000$9,070,3135.0%
2019 📝
March 17: $2 million of base salary becomes fully guaranteed
29$7,000,000$2,500,000$875,000$625,000$2,000,000$10,945,3135.6%
202030$8,000,000$2,500,000$875,000$1,125,000$0$00.0%
202131$8,000,000$2,500,000$875,000$1,125,000$0$12,445,3136.2%
Total$30,000,000$12,500,000$4,375,000$3,750,000$9,000,000$37,796,877

Contract Notes

Donta Hightower signed a four year, $33.5 million contract with the Patriots on March 15, 2017. Per a report by Aaron Wilson, the contract contains $17 million fully guaranteed at signing. The guarantee includes a $10 million signing bonus and the 2017 and 2018 base salaries. Another $2 million currently guaranteed for injury will become fully guaranteed on the 5th day of the 2019 league year. The contract contains $875,000 per year in gameday roster bonuses and in each year of the contract he can increase the value by up to $2 million based on achieving various NFL honors.
Career Earnings: $43,139,066
Career APY: $5,392,383
Potential Earnings: $52,014,066
Total Guarantees: $23,280,729
Largest Cash Payment: $11,523,438 (2017)
Largest Cap Number: $12,445,313 (2021)

Contract History

TeamContract TypeStatusYear SignedYrsTotalAPYGuaranteesAmount Earned% EarnedEffective APY
PatriotsDraftedExpired20125$15,475,002$3,095,000$6,280,729$15,475,002100.0%$3,095,000
PatriotsUFAActive20174$35,500,000$8,875,000$17,000,000$27,664,06477.9%$9,221,355
Earnings By Team
TeamYrsSalaryAPYPaid on Cap% Paid on CapPaid as Dead Money% Paid as Dead Money
Patriots8$43,139,066$5,392,383$40,826,5660.0%$00.0%

Salary Cap History

YearTeamBase SalaryProrated BonusPer Game Roster BonusOther BonusGuaranteed SalaryCap
Number
Cap %Cash Paid
2012Patriots$390,000$1,014,364$0$0$0$1,404,3641.2%$4,447,456
2013Patriots$741,091$1,014,364$0$0$741,091$1,755,4551.4%$741,091
2014Patriots$1,092,182$1,014,364$0$0$1,092,182$2,106,5461.5%$1,092,182
2015Patriots$1,443,273$1,014,364$0$0$0$2,457,6371.7%$1,443,273
2016Patriots$7,751,000$0$0$0$7,751,000$7,751,0004.9%$7,751,000
2017Patriots$1,250,000$2,500,000$875,000$875,000$1,250,000$5,335,9383.2%$11,523,438
2018Patriots$5,750,000$2,500,000$875,000$0$5,750,000$9,070,3135.0%$7,195,313
2019Patriots$7,000,000$2,500,000$875,000$625,000$2,000,000$10,945,3135.6%$8,945,313
2020Patriots$8,000,000$2,500,000$875,000$1,125,000$0$00.0%$150,000
2021Patriots$8,000,000$2,500,000$875,000$1,125,000$0$12,445,3136.2%$8,725,000
Total$41,417,546$16,557,456$4,375,000$3,750,000$18,584,273$53,271,879$52,014,066

Statistics

YearGames PlayedGames MissedSnapsTacklesNegative PlaysInterceptionsFumblesTD
InjuredHealthyDefenseSpecialSoloAssistSacksYardsTFLQB HitsPass Def.INTYardsForcedRec.Yards
201214----51.8%8.0%43174211093000261
2013160074.6%18.4%554219453000000
2014124076.6%12.7%51386509132001000
2015124054.3%9.6%51103.526.5562000100
2016133067.9%11.8%31342.521.5182001000
2017511022.3%4.7%122219230000000
2018151074.0%17.2%2424193611270100
2019151071.3%18.6%47245.542.581340001261

Valuation Diamond

The diamond is a scatterplot graph that visualizes the relation of the player's APY (in green) and performance (in blue, as measured by OTC's Valuations) to the rest of the league at his position. To understand how to read the diamond, read this explainer.

OTC ValuationAPY
Regular$0$0
Injury Adjusted$0$0
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OTC Valuation $4.7M $9.4M $14.1M $18.8M $23.5M APY $3.9M $7.8M $11.8M $15.7M $19.6M $6,722,000 $3,875,000

Weekly Valuation Trends

The chart below illustrates the trend of the player's weekly OTC Valuations (in blue) from the most recent season, using APY (in green) and, if applicable, cash that is due to the player in the next season (in red) as benchmarks. Weeks not plotted indicate that the player was inactive or on a bye.

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