New England Patriots linebacker Dont’a Hightower is opting out of the 2020 season, league sources instructed ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Tuesday.
Jogging back again Brandon Bolden also is setting up to decide out of the season, a resource advised ESPN. Commencing offensive tackle Marcus Cannon, fullback Danny Vitale and reserve offensive lineman Najee Toran earlier made the decision to choose out for the Patriots.
Hightower, 30, turned a 1st-time father on July 16 and informed teammates Devin and Jason McCourty on their “Double Protection” podcast this week, “I really don’t have any words and phrases to describe it. Asking what to search forward to and count on, it was that and then some.”
Nicknamed “Mr. February” by head coach Bill Belichick due to the fact of his knack for delivering large plays in Super Bowls, Hightower was set to enter his ninth NFL time — all with the Patriots.
A three-time Super Bowl winner and staff captain, the 6-foot-3, 260-pound Hightower customarily calls the defensive signals and was likely to be relied on as a great deal as at any time this time soon after the free-company departures of linebackers Kyle Van Noy and Jamie Collins.
This was the closing calendar year of Hightower’s agreement, and he was scheduled to make a foundation salary of $8 million. The contract will now toll to the 2021 year.
Hightower’s basis per year raises dollars for the American Diabetic issues Association, which has significant which means to him as his mother, L’Tanya, was diagnosed with Form 2 diabetic issues. Hightower keeps a image of his mother at his locker.
Bolden, 30, was established to enter his ninth NFL time, and eighth in New England. He is a core distinctive-groups participant who offers precious depth on offense.
Bolden was set to generate $1.3 million in foundation wage in 2020, which was the final calendar year of his deal. That will toll to 2021.
Sporting activities radio WEEI in Boston very first claimed Bolden’s determination.