Hightower Returns to Patriots on $43.5 M Deal – Don’t’a Hightower has decided to return to the New England Patriots, agreeing to a four-year, $43.5 million deal, the star linebacker’s agents announced Wednesday. The deal also includes $19 million in guaranteed money, according to Hightower’s agency, Sports Trust Advisors, which announced the news on Twitter. Hightower will re-sign with New England despite being coveted by multiple teams, including the Pittsburgh Steelers and the New York Jets. He earned $7.751 million in 2016, as the Patriots had picked up the fifth-year option of the five-year contract he had signed as a rookie.
Charges Against Darrelle Reavis Dismissed – Former Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis is in Pittsburgh for a court hearing on Wednesday related to the four felony charges he faces as a result of an altercation on a Pittsburgh street last month. He no longer faces them. Aditi Kinkhabwala of NFL Media reports that a judge has dismissed all of the charges against Revis. The testimony of Revis’ friend Rashawn Bolton appears to have led to the decision.