Our Clients:

Field Level Media - Professional sports content solutions | FLM

May 2, 2024 4:51 pm

Reports: Steelers decline RB Najee Harris’ fifth-year option

Najee Harris

The Pittsburgh Steelers have declined to pick up the fifth-year team option for running back Najee Harris in 2025, according to multiple media reports Thursday.

Harris, 26, was projected to cost the team $6.7 million in guaranteed money. A Pro Bowl selection as a rookie in 2021, he is the first player in Steelers history to rush for 1,000 yards in each of his first three seasons.

Thursday was the deadline for teams to exercise fifth-year options for first-round draft picks in 2021. As expected, Pittsburgh also declined the option for quarterback Justin Fields — obtained in an offseason trade from the Chicago Bears — that would have paid him a guaranteed $25 million in 2025.

The Steelers could be waiting to see how Harris plays in new offensive coordinator Arthur Smith’s offense while being open to working a new contract, according to an NFL Network report. His original rookie contract is worth $13 million over four years, including $2.4 million in 2024.

The 24th overall pick out of Alabama in 2021, Harris has started all 51 games he’s played and rushed 834 times for 3,269 yards and 22 touchdowns. He also has 144 receptions for 866 yards and six TDs.

Last season, Harris had a career-low 255 attempts for 1,035 yards, making for a career-best 4.1 yards per carry. He played a career-low 53 percent of offensive snaps in 2023, compared to 84 percent when he made the NFL All-Rookie Team in 2021.

–Field Level Media

You may also like

Baltimore Orioles
May 23, 2024 7:53 am

Orioles bid to halt slide in series opener vs. White Sox

The Baltimore Orioles and Chicago White Sox pretty much have been headed in the same direction this week. They’ll meet Thursday night to begin a four-game series in Chicago with…

Jack Flaherty
May 23, 2024 7:32 am

Jack Flaherty, struggling Tigers aim to subdue Blue Jays

Jack Flaherty has turned into a quality pickup for the Detroit Tigers. Signed to a one-year, $14 million contract as a free agent, Flaherty has been a steadying force for…

Feltner rockies
May 23, 2024 2:57 am

Tight series between Rockies, A’s up for grabs in finale

Two teams with one victory apiece yet lamenting blown opportunities go for a series win Thursday afternoon when the visiting Colorado Rockies and Oakland Athletics duel for a third and…

More News News

Baltimore Orioles
May 23, 2024 7:53 am

Orioles bid to halt slide in series opener vs. White Sox

The Baltimore Orioles and Chicago White Sox pretty much have been headed in the same direction this week. They’ll meet Thursday night to begin a four-game series in Chicago with…

Jack Flaherty
May 23, 2024 7:32 am

Jack Flaherty, struggling Tigers aim to subdue Blue Jays

Feltner rockies
May 23, 2024 2:57 am

Tight series between Rockies, A’s up for grabs in finale

Marcell ozuna
May 23, 2024 2:49 am

Braves’ A.J. Smith-Shawver expected to make season debut vs. Cubs

Arraez
May 23, 2024 2:37 am

Luis Arraez providing spark as Padres eye series win vs. Reds

Read all
fb-post
advertisment
title-icon

Upcoming events

See all odds