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Dont'a Hightower Signs Four-Year Deal With Patriots

The New England Patriots' first-round draft pick Dont'a Hightower has signed a four-year deal with the organization Wednesday, according to reports. Other media outlets are confirming the news, but no one is reporting how much the deal is for. Its expected Hightower will make a bit less than New England's No. 21-overall, Chandler Jones, who signed a four-year, $8.17 million.

Hightower, the 6-foot-4, 270-pound linebacker from the University of Alabama, was the Patriots No. 25-overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. Both Hightowner and Jones are expected to upgrade the Patriots defense, which struggled last season.

Third-rounder Jake Bequette is the only remaining draft pick who has yet to sign a contract. New England opens its 2012 Training Camp on July 25 at Gillette Stadium.

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