The Washington Redskins and running back Tim Hightower have agreed to terms on a deal to bring the four-year veteran back for another season.
Hightower announced the news on his twitter account Sunday night, saying “I’m baaaaaaaack,” and a person with knowledge of the situation confirmed the agreement between the two sides indeed has been reached.
Since the end of the season, Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan and Hightower have both expressed mutual interest to re-sign the running back, whom Washington acquired via trade last offseason.
Hightower started five games for the Redskins, but suffered a torn ACL against Carolina and was lost for the season. He carried the ball 84 times for 321 yards and a touchdown during that stint.
A native of Alexandria and former standout at Episcopal High School and the University of Richmond, Hightower often called playing for the Redskins a dream come true.
Last month Hightower visited the New England Patriots, but departed without agreeing to a deal, and the Redskins remained in play.
Three weeks later, he has come to terms with Washington.
Despite the fact that Hightower is coming off of a season-ending knee injury, there is a good chance that he will reclaim his job as the team’s starting running back. Washington has two promising second-year players in Roy Helu and Evan Royster, and the team last month drafted Alfred Morris in the sixth round out of Florida Atlantic.
But Hightower gives the team both a strong runner and pass protector, as well as quality leadership skills.