It appears that running back Tim Hightower will be rejoining the Washington Redskins this season.
Though they are unconfirmed reports at this time, Hightower did tweet out a picture of himself in a Redskins hat with the line "I'm baaaaaaaack," and Rotoworld.com published a report saying the running back has re-signed with the team. The terms of the deal are not available at this point.
Hightower will rejoin the Redskins' backfield that also features second-year back Roy Helu. Hightower was off to a good start in his first year with Redskins last season before suffering a season-ending knee injury. In the five games he played, Hightower recorded 84 rushing attempts, 321 yards and one touchdown. He also brought in 10 catches and a receiving touchdown.
One of Hightower's biggest contributions to the Redskins is his pass-protection ability. On third downs, Hightower is a reliable blocker who doubles as a receiving threat. This combination has proven effective throughout Hightower's career, as linebackers must respect his blocking and catching ability.
The Redskins' backfield now becomes crowded as Hightower will join Roy Helu, Evan Royster and sixth-round pick Alfred Morris. It is unlikely that the Redskins will keep four running backs on the 53-man roster, which leaves either Morris or Royster to be relegated to the practice squad.The other possibility would involve Morris switching to fullback so that Washington could keep the remaining three running backs.
At this point, it appears to be an open competition for the starting job in Washington. Hightower will need to perform well as Roy Helu appears to be the early favorite for the starting role. In either case, Hightower is a worthwhile signing and brings stability and leadership to the running back position.