Dont'a Hightower #30 of the Alabama Crimson Tide enjoys a laugh during warmups before facing the Arkansas Razorbacks at Bryant-Denny Stadium on September 24, 2011 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

The New England Patriots announced that they have signed their first round draft pick Dont’a Hightower, a linebacker out of Alabama.  Hightower is the final draft pick to sign his contract.

It is reported to be a four-year contract worth $7.7 million of which $6.3 million is guaranteed.

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