Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports that the Patriots continue to make a “concerted effort” to re-sign LB Dont’a Hightower. La Canfora mentions that New England has plenty of cap space and payroll flexibility to get a deal in place with Hightower.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that the Patriots are in “good communication” with free agent LB Dont’a Hightower about a possible return.
Earlier in the day, Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald reported that the Dolphins are among the teams that are interested in Hightower.
Hightower, 26, is a former first-round pick of the Patriots back in 2012. He’s played out his rookie contract before the Patriots picked up his fifth-year option last year.
In 2016, Hightower appeared in 13 games for the Patriots and recorded 65 tackles, 2.5 sacks, a forced fumble, two pass defenses and a safety. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 13 linebacker out of 87 qualifying players.
We have him featured in our Top 100 – 2017 Free Agents list.