Washington Redskins Trade for Tim Hightower, Finish Knotting Up Offensive Line

Shae CroninCorrespondent IJuly 31, 2011

GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 12:  Runningback Tim Hightower #34 of the Arizona Cardinals rushes the football against the Denver Broncos during the NFL game at the University of Phoenix Stadium on December 12, 2010 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Although Sunday was taken as a day off for NFL players, it didn’t keep Mike Shanahan and Bruce Allen from wheelin’ and dealin’.

Redskins insider Ryan O’Halloran of CSNWashington is reporting that the Redskins have completed a trade with the Arizona Cardinals that will send defensive lineman Vonnie Holliday to the desert, along with an undisclosed draft pick, in exchange for running back Tim Hightower.

The trade works well for both teams, with Holliday not likely to make the Redskins squad and Hightower’s assigned back seat in Arizona behind Beanie Wells and recent draft pick Ryan Williams.

Hightower is a 25-year-old local product from Alexandria, VA who played his college ball at Richmond. After being selected in the fifth round by the Arizona Cardinals in 2008, Hightower had a blowout rookie season, punching in 10 touchdowns on 143 carries.

Over his first three years with the Cardinals, Hightower’s rushing numbers increased each season and he has shown a nose for the end zone, racking up 23 touchdowns in just three seasons.

When it comes down to the prototypical Shanahan running back, Hightower seems to fit the mold quite well. Described as a hard runner and dependable pass-catcher out of the backfield, perhaps Hightower’s most prized quality is his ability to pick up blocks and provide solid pass protection.

Shanahan and Allen also finished up work along the offensive line, as the Redskins re-signed right tackle Jammal Brown.

Brown struggled with injuries last season but returned to action and finished the year strong. Early rumors of the Redskins possibly landing former Shanahan draft pick and current free agent Ryan Harris never seemed to take off, and it was expected that Brown will be re-signed in Washington.

With time to heal and get into shape, there’s no doubting that Brown has the potential to be a Pro Bowl tackle for the Redskins. As it stands now, Brown appears to have been the final piece to a starting offensive line that currently includes Trent Williams at left tackle, Korey Lichtensteiger at left guard, Will Montgomery at center and Chris Chester at right guard.