Whether you want to admit or not, the Washington Redskins‘ release of running back Tim Hightower was inevitable.
Hightower found himself in the same position as former Redskins tight end Chris Cooley: Both wanted to play, both have been injured, yet both wanted to be the starter. Could they have pulled it off? Time would be the judgement of that answer, but it comes in a year where the Redskins have acquired more depth and talent. This may be the deepest roster I’ve seen in three years.
No No, we’re not comparing eras.
Hightower entered a preseason where he wasn’t the only highlight on film. There’s also Alfred Morris, Roy Helu, and Evan Royster. Coming back from an injury that had you on the sidelines watching the next generation of running backs take the field in your absence has to bring about a sense of time declining rather than a progressive future.
Let’s be real: The task was this: Become relevant again. The only problem with that is his number was called late, and the time on the field wasn’t enough to impress. I think he still has a lot left to give, but it’s not with the Redskins. The running back force is an example of what would happen if you split the talents of Clinton Portis into three different people.
I also think that head coach Mike Shanahan may be looking to remove some of the old names with new ones to match with Robert Griffin III. Those of the old regime that manage to hang on obviously did the impossible: Leave Shanahan starstruck.
For others like Hightower, the business of being cut is just a reminder of how important it is to take care of yourself and the brand you represent: The business of you. He’ll be missed, but it’s not that big of a deal.
Ricky Allen is a Washington Redskins Blogger with Rant Sports, follow him on Twitter @UltimateRedskin.