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Tim Hightower returning to Redskins, agrees to one-year deal

Free-agent running back Tim Hightower has agreed to terms on a one-year deal with the Washington Redskins, a source with knowledge of the situation said Sunday.

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The team later confirmed that Hightower had signed.

Hightower initially broke the news of his return to the team via his official Twitter account, tweeting a photo of himself earlier Sunday in a Washington Redskins cap, along with the message "I'm back."

Responding to Hightower's tweet, Redskins running back Evan Roystertweeted that it was "good to have" Hightower back before teasingly suggesting to Hightower that he was "just tryin to get out of" offseason workouts.

Though Hightower had drawn interest from the New England Patriots, the Washington Post reported in April that the 25-year-old running back could still wind up with the Redskins.

After Arizona Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald tweeted a congratulatory message, Hightower thanked Fitzgerald for "helping me get back on my feet."

Fitzgerald responded by tweeting to Hightower that he "never left (his) feet" and that "God has his plan."

Hightower had 84 carries for 321 yards and a touchdown in five games with the Redskins in 2011 before suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament that knocked him out for the year.

The Redskinsinitially acquired Hightower after the 2010 season, shipping defensive lineman Vonnie Holliday and a draft pick to the Cardinals in exchange for the running back.

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