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Jaylen Warren Not Concerned about Contract Extension

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Jaylen Warren said he’s not concerned about a contract extension right now.



Pittsburgh Steelers RB Jaylen Warren
Pittsburgh Steelers running back Jaylen Warren during OTAs on May 31, 2024. -- Ed Thompson / Steelers Now

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers have a half-dozen prominent players that will become unrestricted free agents after the 2024 season, and they have been major parts of the team’s offseason news cycle this summer, the time period the club usually sets aside for extending contracts. Jaylen Warren has flown under the radar as one of those players, but he’s another player that doesn’t seem close to inking an extension with the team.

Warren is set to become a restricted free agent next offseason, and while the Steelers will have right of first refusal on his rights for 2025, there’s little long-term security in Warren’s current situation in the last year of his UDFA contract.

He has certainly earned more than he’s making. Warren ran 149 times for 784 yards and four touchdowns and added 61 catches for 370 yards receiving last year, nearly splitting time with former first-round pick Najee Harris.

Steelers RB Jaylen Warren

Steelers RB Jaylen Warren against the Green Bay Packers, Nov. 12, 2023 – Ed Thompson / Steelers Now

Despite that, a new deal with the Steelers doesn’t seem like a front-burner issue for Warren at this point of the offseason.

“To be honest, I’m not even worried about that,” Warren said after wrapping up OTAs on Thursday. “I’m just worried about winning the Super Bowl.”

That’s not the first player that doesn’t seem close to a new deal.

Cam Heyward has dominated the headlines, as the Steelers defensive captain said he would not report to OTAs while he was negotiating a contract extension with the team. But Heyward reported this week, without a new deal, and said he and the team remain far apart on an extension.

Guard James Daniels told Steelers Now earlier in OTAs that he had been informed by the team that he wouldn’t be getting a contract extension before the season.

Running back Najee Harris had his fifth-year option declined, which is probably not a good starting point for future negotiations.

Things have been quiet with quarterbacks Justin Fields and Russell Wilson and tight end Pat Freiermuth, all of which are also entering the final years of their contracts.

The Steelers have the cap space to make moves this offseason, so they’ll likely sign one of those players to a contract extension, but it’s not clear where their priorities are right now.

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June 6, 2024 4:43 pm

There’s little doubt in my mind that Warren will be in a Steelers uniform next season. All the players mentioned are worthy of new contracts and it will be sad to see any of them leave. The business reality of the NFL makes it hard on us fans and coaches surely feel the same way since they’re even closer to these great players/people. Guys like Warren are extra special since he epitomizes the focused but selfless teammate. Mr. Rooney always tries to reward players like him so I have no doubt Jaylen Warren will be back in a Steelers uniform… Read more »

Jesus Christani
Jesus Christani
June 6, 2024 5:32 pm

“To be honest, I’m not even worried about that,” Warren said after wrapping up OTAs on Thursday. “I’m just worried about winning the Super Bowl.”


Now that you’re in The Show, money will take care of itself… Just invest well, my brother — don’t be bamboozled…

Family First… and don’t ever forget where U came from…

Now, go help The Pittsburgh Steelers win a Super Bowl and get yourself a ring…


Edward Carmichael
Edward Carmichael
June 6, 2024 6:54 pm

as a true Steelers fan, so that means if Steelers Omar Khan don’t give both Najee Harris and Jaylen Warren a second contract in the 2025 draft Omar Khan will be drafting new running backs