Dont'a Hightower

4-3 Outside Linebacker

  • 2019 Salary Cap Charge: $10,945,313
  • % of 2019 Team Cap: 5.57%
  • 2019 Cash Payout: $7,875,000
  • % of 2019 Team Cash Spending: 4.01%
  • 2019 Cash to Cap Ratio: 0.72
  • Total Contract Value: $35,500,000
  • Annual Contract Value: $8,875,000
  • Position Ranking: 7/94 at 43OLB
  • Fully Guaranteed Money: $17,000,000
  • Age: 29
  • 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

(📝: 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$9,070,3135.1%
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$10,945,3135.8%
202030$8,000,000$2,500,000$875,000$0$0$11,375,0005.7%
Total$22,000,000$10,000,000$3,500,000$1,500,000$9,000,000$36,726,564
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Career Earnings: $34,193,753
Career APY: $4,884,822
Potential Earnings: $50,943,753
Total Guarantees: $23,280,729
Largest Cash Payment: $11,523,438 (2017)
Largest Cap Hit: $11,375,000 (2020)

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$18,718,75152.7%$9,359,376
Earnings By Team
TeamYrsSalaryAPYPaid on Cap% Paid on CapPaid as Dead Money% Paid as Dead Money
Patriots7$34,193,753$4,884,822$29,881,2530.0%$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$2,106,5461.6%$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$7,751,0005.0%$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$9,070,3135.1%$7,195,313
2019Patriots$7,000,000$2,500,000$875,000$625,000$2,000,000$10,945,3135.8%$7,875,000
2020Patriots$8,000,000$2,500,000$875,000$0$0$11,375,0005.7%$8,875,000
Total$33,417,546$14,057,456$3,500,000$1,500,000$18,584,273$52,201,566$50,943,753

Statistics

YearGames PlayedSnapsTacklesNegative PlaysInterceptionsFumblesTD
DefenseSpecialSoloAssistSacksYardsTFLQB HitsPass Def.INTYardsForcedRecoveredYards
20121451.8%8.0%43174211093000261
20131674.6%18.4%554219453000000
20141276.6%12.7%51386509132001000
20151254.3%9.6%51103.526.5562000100
20161367.9%11.8%31342.521.5182001000
2017522.3%4.7%122219230000000
20181574.0%17.2%2424193611270100
2019264.1%11.3%7200000000000

Financial Reports

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