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49ers agree to terms with Tim Hightower


For the second time this week, the 49ers have bolstered the depth in their backfield.

Free agent running back Tim Hightower has agreed to terms with the 49ers, G.M. John Lynch announced on Twitter. Hightower joins running back DuJuan Harris, who re-signed with the 49ers this week, as backups to starter Carlos Hyde.

Hightower’s once-promising NFL career looked like it had been totally derailed as a result of a torn ACL he suffered during the 2011 season. That knee injury, as well as a post-surgery infection, led him to spend the next three years out of the NFL.

But in 2015 Hightower finally got back into the league with the Saints, and in 2016 he bounced back in a big way, with 133 carries for 548 yards, plus 22 catches for 200 yards. Both New Orleans and Washington showed interest in signing him this year, but he has decided to head to San Francisco.

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14 Responses to “49ers agree to terms with Tim Hightower”
  1. mbt3 says: Apr 1, 2017 2:04 PM

    $$$ Talks.

    Good depth signing assuming the deal isn’t too out of whack.

  2. thegreatgabbert says: Apr 1, 2017 2:29 PM

    Friday evening news dump by the 9ers, hoping no one will notice.

  3. bettis3636 says: Apr 1, 2017 2:31 PM

    There are some really good stories sometimes in the NFL… this is one!

  4. killitandeatit says: Apr 1, 2017 2:51 PM

    Somewhere Balke is smiling.

  5. 49ersfury says: Apr 1, 2017 2:58 PM

    Welcome to The Bay where 49ers are king. Actually where Kings of the whole state of California.

  6. tonebones says: Apr 1, 2017 4:38 PM

    I’m heading to Reno right now to put a wager on the 49ers. Wow! Tim Hightower. Lynch is GM of the Year already.

  7. genericcommenter says: Apr 1, 2017 5:22 PM

    He’s gonna meet some gentle people there.

  8. mcniner55 says: Apr 1, 2017 5:29 PM

    Really like this signing. Makes it so the 49ers dont have to invest in RB to early in the draft this year or maybe even at at all.

    Hightower still has enough gas left in the tank to take 8-10 touches off of Hyde per game.

  9. time2speakup says: Apr 1, 2017 5:30 PM

    A “power” running back in the 4th of 5th, and we’re good to go.

    Two things: I do not see Kyle running anything out there that strongly resembles the past 2-3 seasons (quality-wise), also he and Lynch sticking to their guideline of acquiring familiar players that can still play, lead me to be rather optimistic about the coming season. Not necessarily a “worse to first” showing, but something that is really noteworthy and worth watching and rooting for a change. Go Niners!

  10. aliveguy24 says: Apr 1, 2017 6:49 PM

    Can’t help rooting for this guy.

  11. omeimontis says: Apr 1, 2017 6:54 PM

    He was pretty impressive in the game I saw him play last season.

  12. sfsaintsfan says: Apr 1, 2017 7:30 PM

    Sad he left the Saints. Very solid individual, pretty darn good football player and a great story.

    I hate to see the Niners get better, but they just did.

  13. xlivsaints says: Apr 1, 2017 9:51 PM

    I hope this is an April fool!

  14. eacuna05 says: Apr 3, 2017 12:17 AM


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