Report: no franchise tag for Dont'a Hightower

The Patriots will not place the franchise tag on LB Dont'a Hightower, according to various reports out of Foxboro.  Hightower will become an unrestricted free agent with the ability to talk to other teams starting on March 7th.  Hightower reportedly is still negotiating with the Patriots on a long-term deal to stay in New England.  ESPN's Adam Schefter was first to report the news. 

Hightower made $7.751 million in 2016 with New England.  The franchise tag is about $15 million for linebackers. 

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