Redskins join Giants in hunt for Tim Hightower

Sam Spiegelman

It appears the Giants’ pursuit of Tim Hightower is ongoing. And now another team has entered the race.

Both the Redskins and the Giants have inquired about signing Hightower this off-season, according to the Washington Post.

The last team to employ the running back was Washington — back during the 2012 pre-season — while New York has been the primary team linked to him this off-season.

Earlier this month, Hightower visited with the Giants and the two sides are expected to meet again in the coming weeks.

The Redskins’ perceived interest is reportedly unknown. The team acquired Hightower via trade from Arizona in the summer of 2011. He then started the year as the team’s feature running back, but a torn ACL in the fifth game sidelined the running back for the remainder of the year.

In five games, Hightower totaled 84 carries for 321 yards and a touchdown.

Hightower underwent surgery to repair the ligament and attempted a comeback last pre-season, declining to open training camp on Skins’ Physically Unable to Perform list.

Hightower would be a casualty of the team’s final roster cuts, though coach Mike Shanahan left the door open for a return, should the running back’s knee recover.

On Week 1, second-year back David Wilson will likely line up behind Eli Manning, with recently re-signed Andre Brown as his primary backup. Rounding out the depth chart is Da’Rel Scott and Ryan Torain, as well as newly drafted Michael Cox.

The Redskins’ backfield is led by Alfred Morris, entering his second year after a breakout rookie campaign. Evan Royster, Roy Helu, Chris Thompson and Jawan Jamison are listed as his backups, but both Helu and Thompson are coming off of injuries.

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