New England Patriots linebacker Donta Hightower is pulling out of the 2020 season, league sources told ESPN’s Adam Sheher on Tuesday.
A brand ESPN reported that Brandon Bolden also plans to opt out of the season. Marcus Cannon, fullback Danny Witley and reserve offensive lineman Najee Toran decided to pick the first Patriots to deal with the offensive attack.
Hoitwer, 30, became a father for the first time on July 16 and told teammates Devin and Jason McCourty on his “Double Coverage” podcast this week, “I have no words to describe it. To ask what to look forward to Hopefully, it was him and then some. “
Nicknamed “Mr. February” by Bill Koechich, the hightower was drafted to enter his ninth NFL season – all with the Patriots – due to the lead role to deliver big plays in Super Bowls.
The three-time Super Bowl champion and team captain, the 6-foot-3, 260-pound hatover traditionally calls defensive signals and has been as reliable as ever this season following the free-agency departure of linebacker Kyle van Were. Noy and Jamie Collins.
This was the final year of Hoverover’s contract, and he was to earn a base salary of $ 8 million. The contract will now toll for the 2021 season.
Hightower’s foundation annually raises funds for the American Diabetes Association, which has a significant meaning as her mother, L’Tanya, was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Hightower puts a picture of his mother on his locker.
Bolden, 30, was set to enter his ninth NFL season, and was eighth in New England. He is a core special-teams player who provides valuable depth on offense.
Bolden was set to earn $ 1.3 million in base salary in 2020, the final year of his contract. Which will be toll till 2021.
Sports Radio WEEI in Boston first reported Bolden’s decision.