as informed in Linebacker Dont’a Hightower had the opportunity to leave the New England Patriots in free agency.
In 2016, he earned his first Pro Bowl invitation while helping New England win the Super Bowl for the second time in three seasons.
Hightower spent his five NFL seasons with the Patriots after being selected out of Alabama with the 25th pick in the 2012 draft.
The most lucrative contract held by an NFL inside linebacker belongs to Luke Kuechly of the Carolina Panthers.
Alabama won the BCS national title again in Hightower’s final season in 2011, when he was a consensus All-American.
Spending in free agency doesn’t make NFL teams bad
Bad teams do spend in free agency, but spending in free agency isn’t necessarily what makes teams bad.
So again, bad teams spend a lot of money in free agency, but spending a lot of money in free agency doesn’t necessarily make you a bad team.
The Jags whiffed in free agency on the likes of Zane Beadles, Davon House, Toby Gerhart, Odrick, Thomas, etc.
There’s a narrative going about now that is pushing spending in free agency is why teams like the Jaguars are bad, but that’s pretty short sighted and doesn’t take everything into account.
There are significantly more layers to it other than just “they’re bad because they spent a lot of money in free agency!”
Why these seven NFL teams are sitting out free agency
Here are seven teams that have been fairly inactive since the start of free agency, and an explanation as to why.
In the NFL, cap space typically dictates how active you are in free agency.
That’s hardly ever the only reason teams essentially sit out free agency early on.
This offseason, there have been a handful of franchises that have sat on the outside looking in, watching other teams throw around money like it’s pocket change.
That doesn’t make them bad organizations, seeing as there are several reasons a team might be frugal in a given year.
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