The New England Patriots have re signed there star linebacker Dont’a Hightower.

Hightower was generally recognized as the best player still available after the first couple of days of free agency, but it appeared that he wasn’t getting the kinds of offers he had hoped to receive. There’s no word yet on the value of his new contract with the Patriots, but reports indicated he was seeking $12 million a year but not getting offers worth much more than $10 million a year.

Multiple reports citing Hightower’s agents peg his deal with the Patriots as a four-year pact worth up to $43.5 million with $19 million guaranteed.

The New York Jets were said to be offering him more money, but he decided he would rather compete than be on one of the worst teams in the NFL.