Drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in 2008, Hightower was a member of the Kurt Warner-led team that made a Cinderalla-esque journey to the Super Bowl—an effort that ultimately resulted in defeat at the hands of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Hightower is best remembered for his few games with the Washington Redskins—a series of five games where he was hailed as Washington’s long-term solution at the running back position. This was before he suffered a torn ACL that put an end to his once-promising 2011 season. Over the course of those five games, Hightower rushed for 321 yards.
With David Wilson and Andre Brown, it will be difficult for Hightower to see any substantial time on the field. However, it is necessary to have an option to replace Brown in the event that he suffers an injury.
If he ends up signing, it will most likely be a short-term, non- guaranteed offer that will allow the Giants to part ways with the journeyman halfback.
Hightower is trying to bounce back from a serious injury that can be potentially career ending.
If he does hold a Giants roster spot in 2013, don’t expect him to be much a factor on Sundays. The main New York tandem appears to be set between the Wilson-Brown duo.
But it’s always a necessity to be prepared in the event that one of their two main backs suffers an injury.