Hightower, 30, has spent the past two years with the Saints backing up Mark Ingram. During that time, Hightower has managed 229 carries while picking up four yards per touch. He’s scored eight touchdowns on the ground, while adding 34 receptions and another score through the air. New Orleans re-signed Travaris Cadet earlier today, but that shouldn’t preclude the club from having interest in Hightower.
The 49ers currently have three running backs on their roster: Carlos Hyde, Mike Davis, and Raheem Mostert. San Francisco also inked fullback Kyle Juszczyk during the free agent period, and he’s expected to act as more of an “offensive weapon” than as a true fullback. If signed, Hightower would serve as the clear-cut No. 2 behind Hyde.
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