Patriots sign LB Hightower

Updated: July 19, 2012, 12:44 PM ET
By Adam Schefter | ESPN

The New England Patriots announced the signing of first-round draft pick linebacker Dont'a Hightower on Thursday. The team did not disclose terms of the deal, but a league source said Wednesday that it was a four-year pact.

Hightower, 22, a linebacker out of Alabama, was the 25th overall pick in April's draft. The Pats traded up to get him, sending a first-round pick (31st overall) and a fourth-round pick (126th overall) to the Denver Broncos for No. 25.

The Patriots used their ...

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