Dont'a Hightower

4-3 Outside Linebacker

  • 2019 Salary Cap Charge: $10,945,313
  • % of 2019 Team Cap: 5.67%
  • 2019 Cash Payout: $7,875,000
  • % of 2019 Team Cash Spending: 5.88%
  • 2019 Cash to Cap Ratio: 0.72
  • Total Contract Value: $35,500,000
  • Annual Contract Value: $8,875,000
  • Position Ranking: 0/26 at 43OLB
  • Fully Guaranteed Money: $17,000,000
  • Age: 28
  • Height: 6' 3"
  • Weight: 270
  • College: Alabama
  • Accrued Seasons: 7
  • Entry: 2012 Draft, Round 1, #25 overall (Patriots)
  • Year Signed: 2017
  • Contract Type: UFA
  • Free Agency: 2021 (UFA)

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.

Current Contract

Year Age Base Salary (Guaranteed) Bonuses Cap
Number
Cap %
Dead Money & Cap Savings
Prorated Roster Workout Other
2017 27 $1,250,000 $1,250,000 $2,500,000 $875,000 $0 $875,000 $5,335,938 3.2%
2018 28 $5,750,000 $5,750,000 $2,500,000 $875,000 $0 $0 $9,070,313 5.1%
2019 29 $7,000,000 $2,500,000 $875,000 $0 $625,000 $10,945,313 5.8%
2020 30 $8,000,000 $2,500,000 $875,000 $0 $0 $11,375,000 5.7%
Total $22,000,000 $10,000,000 $3,500,000 $0 $1,500,000 $36,726,564
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Career Earnings: $34,193,753
Career APY: $4,884,822
Potential Earnings: $50,943,753
Total Guarantees: $17,000,000
Largest Cash Payment: $11,523,438 (2017)
Largest Cap Hit: $11,375,000 (2020)

Contract History

Team Contract Type Status Year Signed Yrs Total APY Guarantees Amount Earned % Earned Effective APY
Patriots Drafted Expired 2012 5 $15,475,002 $3,095,000 $0 $15,475,002 100.0% $3,095,000
Patriots UFA Active 2017 4 $35,500,000 $8,875,000 $17,000,000 $18,718,751 52.7% $9,359,376
Earnings By Team
Team Yrs Salary APY Paid on Cap % Paid on Cap Paid as Dead Money % Paid as Dead Money
Patriots 7 $34,193,753 $4,884,822 $29,881,253 0.0% $0 0.0%

Salary Cap History    

Year Team Base Salary (Guaranteed) Bonuses Cap
Number
Cap % Cash Due
Prorated Roster Workout Other
2012 Patriots $390,000 $1,014,364 $0 $0 $0 $1,404,364 1.2% $4,447,456
2013 Patriots $741,091 $741,091 $1,014,364 $0 $0 $0 $1,755,455 1.4% $741,091
2014 Patriots $1,092,182 $1,092,182 $1,014,364 $0 $0 $0 $2,106,546 1.6% $1,092,182
2015 Patriots $1,443,273 $1,014,364 $0 $0 $0 $2,457,637 1.7% $1,443,273
2016 Patriots $7,751,000 $7,751,000 $0 $0 $0 $0 $7,751,000 5.0% $7,751,000
2017 Patriots $1,250,000 $1,250,000 $2,500,000 $875,000 $0 $875,000 $5,335,938 3.2% $11,523,438
2018 Patriots $5,750,000 $5,750,000 $2,500,000 $875,000 $0 $0 $9,070,313 5.1% $7,195,313
2019 Patriots $7,000,000 $2,500,000 $875,000 $0 $625,000 $10,945,313 5.8% $7,875,000
2020 Patriots $8,000,000 $2,500,000 $875,000 $0 $0 $11,375,000 5.7% $8,875,000
Total $33,417,546 $14,057,456 $3,500,000 $0 $1,500,000 $52,201,566   $50,943,753

Statistics

Year Games Played Snaps Tackles Negative Plays Interceptions Fumbles TD
Defense Special SoloAssistSacksYardsTFLQB HitsPass Def.INTYardsForcedRecoveredYards
2012 14 51.8% 8.0%43174211093000261
2013 16 74.6% 18.4%554219453000000
2014 12 76.6% 12.7%51386509132001000
2015 12 54.3% 9.6%51103.526.5562000100
2016 13 67.9% 11.8%31342.521.5182001000
2017 5 22.3% 4.7%122219230000000
2018 15 74.0% 17.2%2424193611270100

Financial Reports

Yearly Cap Charge vs. Dead Money (pre-June 1 cut)
Positional Comparisons to League Average