Dont’a Hightower Is The Latest Patriots Star To Opt Out Of The 2020 Season

The bad news keeps coming for Patriots fans. We are now losing a big star on defense for the season

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that linebacker Dont’a Hightower has also opted out. Hightower is the 4th Patriots player to opt out, including tackle Marcus Cannon, fullback Danny Vitale and guard Najee Toran.

Hightower, who became a father for the first time this month, was set to make a base salary of $8 million this season. He will receive a $150,000 stipend and his contract will toll to the 2021 season. This will leave the Patriots with 24 million in cap space.

This leaves the Patriots with a very young linebacker core of Brandon Copeland, Ja’whaun Bentley, Shilique Calhoun, Josh Uche and Anfernee Jennings.