With the increasing likelihood that Ahmad Bradshaw will not return to the New York Giants next season, the team has started to look at other options. Free agent running back Tim Hightower is scheduled to meet with the team this weekend, and if healthy, a deal could soon be struck between the two sides.
Most fans remember Hightower from his days with the Arizona Cardinals, as the backup to Edgerrin James on the team’s 2009 Super Bowl run. After the 2010 season, Hightower signed a deal with the Washington Redskins to compete for their starting job. He ultimately won the job, but his season was ended in October with an ACL tear. This injury and another knee issue sidelined Hightower for the entire 2012 season, but he’s now rumored to be fully healthy and seeking a return to the league.
But does he make sense for the Giants?
In the role that the team is likely to use him (just for depth), I think it’s a good fit. We’ve seen what this guy is capable of in the past, and there’s no reason to think he couldn’t be a reliable back for several carries a game, or more.
Hightower’s career-best season came in 2010 when he rushed for 736 yards, so he’s more than able to handle a part-time role with the G-Men behind David Wilson and Andre Brown. At only 26, there figures to be plenty of gas left in the tank, and it would no doubt be a low-risk signing for the Giants. He’ll come cheap, and you never know if he might regain his 2010 form.
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