Dont'a Hightower is back for more.

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The Patriots continue to make un-Patriotlike offseason headlines.


Not a week after inking high-priced free agent cornerback Stephon Gilmore to a five-year, $65 million deal, and reportedly deciding to trade Malcolm Butler for 23-year-old wide receiving stud Brandin Cooks (with the Saints, negotiations are ongoing), the Patriots made another huge move.


According to's Ian Rapoport, the Pats and linebacking star Dont'a Hightower struck a deal for four years and $43.5 million, with $19 million gauranteed.


The signing brings back one of the key pieces of New England's Super-Bowl winning defense.


Hightower, 27, had 65 tackles and 2.5 regular season sacks last year prior to impressing in a starring role during the Pats' playoff run. He also reportedly turned down offers as high as $12 million per season from the Jets, and an offer from the Steelers.