Report: LB Dont’a Hightower still mulling retirement plans for 2022

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Free-agent linebacker Dont’a Hightower is still mulling what to do next with his career, including potentially retiring, according to The Athletic’s Jeff Howe.

At the beginning of free agency, a report circulated that Hightower still planned on playing, per NFL Media’s Mike Giardi.

Hightower is coming off a 2021 season that saw him play 15 of 17 games. He tallied 64 tackles and 1.5 sacks. He only played 57% of defensive snaps per NESN’s Dakota Randall. That was his lowest usage rate since his rookie season in 2012.

With the Patriots looking to go in a faster direction defensively, it would be intriguing to see where Hightower would fit if he was to return to New England.

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