New England Patriots linebacker Dont’a Hightower is opting out of the 2020 year, league resources informed ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Tuesday.
Managing back again Brandon Bolden also is setting up to decide out of the season, a supply told ESPN. Starting off offensive deal with Marcus Cannon, fullback Danny Vitale and reserve offensive lineman Najee Toran before decided to choose out for the Patriots.
Hightower, 30, grew to become a first-time father on July 16 and informed teammates Devin and Jason McCourty on their “Double Protection” podcast this 7 days, “I don’t have any words and phrases to explain it. Inquiring what to glimpse forward to and hope, it was that and then some.”
Nicknamed “Mr. February” by head coach Monthly bill Belichick because of his knack for delivering significant performs in Super Bowls, Hightower was established to enter his ninth NFL period — all with the Patriots.
A three-time Super Bowl winner and crew captain, the 6-foot-3, 260-pound Hightower usually phone calls the defensive indicators and was going to be relied on as significantly as at any time this period after the cost-free-agency departures of linebackers Kyle Van Noy and Jamie Collins.
This was the closing 12 months of Hightower’s deal, and he was scheduled to make a base salary of $8 million. The agreement will now toll to the 2021 time.
Hightower’s foundation every year raises money for the American Diabetic issues Affiliation, which has substantial which means to him as his mother, L’Tanya, was identified with Sort 2 diabetes. Hightower keeps a image of his mom at his locker.
Bolden, 30, was established to enter his ninth NFL season, and eighth in New England. He is a main distinctive-groups player who provides important depth on offense.
Bolden was established to get paid $1.3 million in base wage in 2020, which was the ultimate year of his deal. That will toll to 2021.
Sports activities radio WEEI in Boston first described Bolden’s selection.