The 49ers agreed to terms with free-agent running back Tim Hightower, general manager John Lynch announced Saturday morning.
The club made the official announcement on Tuesday, as Hightower signed a one-year contract.
Hightower, 30, appeared in 16 games for the New Orleans Saints last season. He rushed for 548 yards and four touchdowns on 133 attempts for a 4.1-yard average. He also caught 22 passes for 200 yards.
“We got better this week” with the signings of Hightower and DuJuan Harris, Lynch wrote on Twitter.
Hightower broke into the NFL in 2008 with the Arizona Cardinals. He had a career-best 10 rushing touchdowns as a rookie. He played three seasons with the Cardinals. His best season came in 2010 when he rushed for 736 yards and five touchdowns.
Hightower played one season with Washington in 2011 while Kyle Shanahan was offensive coordinator. Hightower appeared in five games before a season-ending ACL injury while Kyle Shanahan was the offensive coordinator. He was out of the game until the 2015 season, when he signed with the Saints.
Hightower joins a group of 49ers running backs that include Carlos Hyde, Harris, Mike Davis and Raheem Mostert. The 49ers re-signed Harris this week to a one-year contract. He gained 138 yards on 38 rushing attempts last season.