One of the feel-good stories of the 2015 season might have another chapter in store. Katherine Terrell of The Times-Picayune has learned from sources that running back Tim Hightower is scheduled to meet with the New Orleans Saints this week to discuss the possibility of re-signing with the team.
Hightower spent the beginning of his career between the Arizona Cardinals and Washington Redskins, before an ACL injury derailed his season in 2011. Hightower attempted to come back from the injury the following summer, but an infection in the injured knee stunted his rehab efforts. Hightower finally returned to the NFL this past January when he was signed by the Saints, but the RB was cut twice by New Orleans at the beginning of the season. It wasn't until RB Khiry Robinson fractured his tibia late in 2015 that Hightower finally got the chance to once again impact an NFL game, and he made the most of his opportunity. Hightower rejoined the Saints mid-season, following Robinson's injury, and had a breakout performance against the Jacksonville Jaguars a few weeks later, rushing for 122 yards and a pair of scores.
The late-season emergence of Hightower landed him a spot on ESPN NFL Nation writer Mike Triplett's list of New Orleans' key in-house free-agents. With Robinson out of the picture, after signing with the New York Jets, it seems even more likely that bringing Hightower back would be a high priority for the Saints. Per Terrell, there has been "mutual interest" between the Saints and their last significant free agent. New Orleans does already have some backfield depth on its roster -- Mark Ingram, C.J. Spiller, Travaris Cadet and Marcus Murphy are all under contract -- but Terrell expects that the departure of Robinson has opened the door to another season in New Orleans for Hightower.