Running back Tim Hightower won't be returning to the New Orleans Saints in 2017.

The 30-year old Hightower appeared in all 16 games for New Orleans last year, including one start, while rushing for 548 yards and four touchdowns.

After playing his college football at Richmond, Hightower was selected by the Arizona Cardinals in the 5th round of the 2008 NFL Draft.

The 6-foot, 220-pound Hightower spent three seasons in Arizona, before being traded to the Washington Redskins, where he played in only five games, prior to suffering a serious knee injury in 2011.

A native of Alexandria, Virginia, Hightower missed the next three seasons, recovering from his knee injury, before joining the Saints in 2015.

In two seasons with the Saints, Hightower appeared in 24 games, including four starts, while compiling 923 rushing yards and 8 touchdowns.

I’d would have liked to have seen Hightower return to the Saints next year, as he proved to be a solid #2 running back last season, but the Saints resigned running back Travaris Cadet, and there’s only so much money to go around.

Keep in mind, Mark Ingram and Hightower combined for 1,591 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns last season.

George Rogers, who still holds the single-season franchise record, rushing for 1,674 yards in 1981, combined with Wayne Wilson to rush for 1,801 yards and 14 scores that season, in what was much more running game-friendly.