In talking with people close to Tim Hightower, the two sides have had preliminary discussion in the hope of getting a new deal done. Hightower, 26, is a player Mike Shanahan covets and believes can be a starter for the team. Washington acquired Tim Hightower from the Arizona Cardinals in 2011, trading Vonnie Holiday and a 2012 sixth round pick. The four – year veteran was one of a few running backs that visited the New England Patriots last week. Regardless of who Hightower visits, both sides remain interested in getting a deal done.
Hightower, a DC native, is enthused about the direction Washington is headed in and wants to be a major part of it. Tim Hightower has been in the DC area often this off-season, and recently visited Thomas Stone High School in Waldorf, MD assuring the juniors and seniors he’d be back with the team.
Hightower was the opened the season as Washington’s starting running back, and accumulated 321 yards on 84 carries with one touchdown. The running back also had 78 receiving yards and one touchdown. Hightower was having maybe his best game of the season with 88 yards on 17 carries before tearing his ACL in the 2nd quarter. It was indeed a blow for Hightower, but he’s now close to full recovery and has recently started doing on-field drills again.
Tim Hightower’s blocking ability, decisive running style, and leadership skills is what sets him apart. The Redskins need Hightower to help bring along their rookie QB, Robert Griffin III. With Hightower, Roy Helu, and Evan Royster, the Redskins would have a formidable backfield.