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Insider: Steelers Should Expect Trade Calls for Najee Harris

NFL insider Albert Breer says that teams should be calling the Pittsburgh Steelers about a trade for running back Najee Harris.



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Pittsburgh Steelers running back Najee Harris runs against the Cincinnati Bengals at Acrisure Stadium on Dec. 23, 2023. -- Ed Thompson / Steelers Now

Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Omar Khan may be fielding trade calls for running back Najee Harris after declining the fifth-year option on his team’s starting running back, Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated said on Thursday.

The Steelers turned down the fifth-year option that would have paid Harris $6.7 million in 2025. Instead, he is now set to become an unrestricted free agent next March. Declining his option doesn’t mean that the Steelers don’t want Harris this coming season, but Breer said that teams will likely check and see whether he will be made available with his future in Pittsburgh cloudy.

“There are a few teams, given that the Pittsburgh Steelers have Jaylen Warren, who should put in the ask,” Breer wrote.

Breer also speculated a potential return, suggesting that the Steelers might be able to get a day two draft pick back in a trade for Najee Harris from a running back-needy team such as the Las Vegas Raiders.

The Steelers do also have Jaylen Warren on their roster, who split time with Harris in 2023 after coming on as an undrafted free agent in 2022. But Warren has never been a full-time starter, even for a game, because Harris has played in 51 consecutive games since the Steelers selected him in the first round out of the 2021 NFL Draft out of Alabama.

Beyond Harris and Warren, the Steelers have only veteran special teamer and converted wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson and undrafted free agent Daijun Edwards out of Georgia in their running back room, so a trade of Harris would seem to leave them fairly thin at the position.

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There had been speculation that the Dallas Cowboys were interested in trading for Harris, but that has been solidly shut down. Still, teams will likely check in on the availability of a player who no longer seems to be cemented as a future piece of the puzzle in Pittsburgh.

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Jesus Christani
Jesus Christani
May 9, 2024 2:02 pm

The Pittsburgh Steelers, absolutely, should expect trade calls for Najee… Just like the 49ers told their callers, however, the offers better be way-over-the-top-not-making-any-kind-of-sense offers… Not that Najee is worth the price of the very top WRs in the game today but I’m just sayin’.

Jesus Christani
Jesus Christani
May 9, 2024 6:41 pm

Like two number 1s in 2025 and 2026… Not that The Steelers would get that but I’m just sayin’… In other words, Najee will remain a Steeler4Life in 2024…

Jesus Christani
Jesus Christani
May 9, 2024 2:40 pm

When will the majority of Steelers Nation realize that Jaylen Warren is The Man? Look at it this way: If Christian McCaffrey had been drafted by The Steelers a couple years after Najee, The Pittsburgh Steelers’ coaching staff would’ve been blindly loyal to Mr. Harris (to a fault) and Christian would’ve been in the same position as Jaylen — underrated with his talents stuck behind someone who he’s better than, overall… Many say it’s unfair that the RB position has gone down in value… They are wrong… It is fair… Just as it was fair when WRs like Megatron and… Read more »

Edward Carmichael
Edward Carmichael
May 9, 2024 5:59 pm

as a true Steelers fan, Steelers Omar Khan if your getting calls for Najee Harris take the best offer get a 2025 number# 1 draft pick