Bouchette: Hightower ‘overrated and overhyped,’ did Steelers a favor in re-signing with Patriots

Bouchette: Hightower ‘overrated and overhyped,’ did Steelers a favor in re-signing with Patriots

Many were clamoring in Pittsburgh Steelers country for a deal to get done with hot free agent linebacker Dont’a Hightower.

But it wasn’t meant to be, and that was just fine with at least one guy who knows a little something about Steelers football – the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Ed Bouchette.

Bouchette disagreed with the Steeler’s front office going all-in during the first week of free agency on the pricey Hightower, while ignoring other skilled (and cheaper) available players on the market.

“Hightower is overrated and overhyped, partly because he made two key plays to help the Patriots win two Super Bowls, partly because he was a first-round draft pick and partly, well, because he played in New England,” Bouchette writes.

” But if he was so valuable to the Patriots, why didn’t they sign him to an extension last year, and why did they let him test free agency?

Hightower is an inside linebacker, and the Steelers lost one of the best at that position when Lawrence Timmons signed with the Dolphins for two years and $12 million. But with Ryan Shazier and Vince Williams, they still seemed to be set at their inside starters for 2017. ” read more >