Report: Running back Tim Hightower to re-sign with New Orleans Saints

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Dec 21, 2015; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints running back Tim Hightower (34) runs against the Detroit Lions during the second half of a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Lions defeated the Saints 35-27. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 21, 2015; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints running back Tim Hightower (34) runs against the Detroit Lions during the second half of a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Lions defeated the Saints 35-27. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports /
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Free agent running back Tim Hightower will be re-signing with the New Orleans Saints after agreeing to a new deal, according to reports.

It sounds like Tim Hightower will rejoin the New Orleans Saints this season after a stellar close to his 2015 campaign.  The two parties met last week and have agreed to terms on a new contract, The Times-Picayune reports.  The team has been working on a deal to bring him back since free agency kicked off last month.

While Delvin Breaux’s amazing journey might have him beat, Tim Hightower was still the centerpiece to one of the better comeback stories in the NFL a season ago.

Thanks to a brutal ACL injury in 2011 with the Washington Redskins, Hightower ventured on an incredible journey to overcome adversity after almost a four-year hiatus from the NFL, which was highlighted by a Fall Experimental Football League stint with the Florida Blacktips in 2014.

After signing with the New Orleans Saints to a reserve/futures contact in January of 2015, Tim Hightower went through a lot of hardship in order to finally secure a permanent spot on the roster.

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Surviving final cuts for the 53-man roster before the regular season began, he initially made the team.  However, he was cut just before the season opener against his former team (2008-10), the Arizona Cardinals.

He was re-signed on the Monday following the season opener in Arizona, only to be cut, yes, cut again the very next day.  Following the season-ending leg injury to Khiry Robinson on Nov. 1 against the New York Giants, Tim Hightower was finally signed to stay in New Orleans to fill the void at running back.  From Weeks 9-13, he’d only get a total of 12 touches, but then came the Mark Ingram injury, and Hightower’s stock skyrocketed.

In the final four games of the season, Hightower was one of the bright spots, totaling 84 carries for 327 yards and four touchdowns while adding another 12 catches and 129 yards through the air to help lead the Saints to 3-1 record to cap off the disappointing year.  He brings solid depth, a cool background story, and great veteran leadership both on the field and in the locker room.

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