Patriots Have Left Dont’a Hightower’s Locker Vacant


Bill Belichick

The New England Patriots seem to have made it clear that the door is still open for the return of legendary linebacker and three-time Super Bowl champion Dont’a Hightower.

Hightower hasn’t made his plans for the future known publicly, but the 32-year-old who has played all nine of his NFL seasons with the Patriots remains unsigned. A report from The Athletic’s Jeff Howe said the Patriots “would welcome [Hightower] back with open arms,” if he wanted to return.

Also, the Providence Journal’s Mark Daniels tweeted a little detail he noticed as the media made their way back to the Patriots locker room following Thursday’s preseason opener against the New York Giants: