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Tim Hightower set to visit 49ers

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Running back Tim Hightower made an unexpected return to the NFL for the Saints in 2015 after missing three years while recovering from a knee injury and showed over the last two years that he can still run the ball effectively in the NFL.

Now he’s a free agent who might be taking his game to another team. Mike Triplett of ESPN.com reports that Hightower will be visiting with the 49ers on Thursday.

Hightower ran 133 times for 548 yards and four touchdowns last season and added 22 catches for 200 yards and another score. He was mostly used as a complement to Mark Ingram, but had a couple of effective games as New Orleans’ lead back in the middle of the season.

Hightower would likely be in a complementary role with the Niners as Carlos Hyde remains the top back with lightly-used 2015 fourth-round pick Mike Davis the only other tailback under contract. The Saints have brought back Travaris Cadet to go with Ingram and there’s been no word that they are working to get Hightower back as well.

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6 Responses to “Tim Hightower set to visit 49ers”
  1. egomaniac247 says: Mar 16, 2017 7:12 AM

    Good luck Tim! As a Cardinals fan i will always remember what a pleasant surprise you were in our draft. This dude is a class act.

  2. phrancheyez says: Mar 16, 2017 7:29 AM

    Surprise. Best word to describe Hightower last season. As a Saints fan, you could say I was impressed…no one expected him to be as effective as he was.

  3. twinfan24 says: Mar 16, 2017 8:26 AM

    Heck of a thing that he was able to fight his way back and be effective again. Good luck to him in landing a decent deal.

  4. bobthebillsfan says: Mar 16, 2017 11:48 AM

    Always respected his effort.

  5. madddogg365 says: Mar 16, 2017 12:00 PM

    He was the 1st RB last season on the Saints to rush for 100 yards in a game, & against the Seahawks no less!!! But Ingram is Paytons’ ride or die no matter how many times he fumbles so I don’t see Hightower coming back. Good luck to you Hightower. You are an underrated talent.

  6. sb44champs says: Mar 16, 2017 4:09 PM

    Ingram really doesn’t fumble much…only averaging a little over 1 fumble per season

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