Patriots Veteran Linebacker Dont'a Hightower has opted out of the 2020 football season. Hightower has been a staple on defense for his entire tenure and has won 3 Super Bowls with the team.
Hightower just welcomed a baby with his fiancee which seems to be the motivation behind his absence.
Hightower was scheduled to make $8 million this season but will now just be receiving the $150k stipend that players are given who decide to take the season off due to COVID concerns.
Hightower joins teammates Marcus Cannon, Najee Toran, & Danny Vitale who also are opting out of the season.