The Redskins announced that they have received RB Tim Hightower from the Cardinals in exchange for DL Vonnie Holliday and an undisclosed draft pick.
Entering his fourth pro season, Hightower has played in 48 career games for the Cardinals, including 36 starts, and rushed for 1,733 yards and 23 touchdowns on 439 carries. Hightower has also made 118 receptions for 801 yards.
Last season Hightower played in 16 games, including 13 starts, and led the Cardinals in rushing with 736 yards on 153 attempts (4.8 ypc). He also topped the team with five rushing TDs to give him 23 over the last three years, tied for the 10th-most in the NFL over that span.
In 2009, Hightower rushed 143 times for 598 yards (4.2 ypc) and eight TDs. That followed a rookie campaign in which he appeared in all 16 regular season games and led the Cardinals with 10 rushing touchdowns, tied for eighth in the NFL.
The 6-5, 288-pound Holliday is a 14-year NFL veteran who had 42 tackles (23 solos), 2.5 sacks and four passes defensed for the Redskins while playing in 15 games with two starts at defensive end.
After playing two seasons with the Chiefs (2003-04), Holliday joined the Dolphins and played four seasons (2005-08) in Miami before spending the 2009 season with the Broncos.
The way we see it
This is a deal that would appear to benefit both teams, but particularly the Redskins. Hightower, who became expendable after the Cardinals selected RB Ryan Williams in the second round of this year's draft, is a very solid dual-purpose back, his problems holding on to the ball notwithstanding. He should be able to compete for carries in Washington.
Holliday adds depth and experience to an Arizona D-line that just lost reserve free agent Alan Branch, who signed with the division-rival Seahawks.