Free-agent running back Tim Hightower might be back in a Washington Redskins uniform next season, a source with knowledge of the situation told the Washington Post on Saturday.
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The four-year veteran visited Friday with the New England Patriots, who also have hosted free-agent running backs Joseph Addai and Ryan Grant.
The source told the newspaper that, despite those visits, the Redskins are still a possibility for Hightower.
The Redskins acquired Hightower in a trade last offseason from the Arizona Cardinals for defensive end Vonnie Holliday and a sixth-round draft pick.
Hightower played in and started five games for the Redskins in 2011 before tearing his anterior cruciate ligament. He rushed for 321 yards on 84 carries and one touchdown. He also caught 10 passes for 78 yards and a touchdown.
The Post reported that Hightower has wanted to return to Washington. Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said at the NFL Annual Meeting in March that he wants the 25-year-old to be re-signed, telling the Washington Times that Hightower is "a potential starter on our football team."