The Pittsburgh Steelers took Najee Harris, hoping he’d become their next stud at the running back position.
He was supposed to fill in for Le’Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount and lead the team’s run-heavy offense for the years to come.
That hasn’t been the case, and inconsistencies and a poor offensive line have hurt his value around the league.
That’s why some believe the team could face a tough decision when it comes to picking up his fifth-year option on his rookie contract.
Nonetheless, analyst Christopher Carter believes the Steelers have every intention to pick him up and get him to stay with the team, not only for his offensive production but because of his leadership and strong presence in the locker room (via Mark Bergin on Twitter).
Should the Steelers pick up Najee Harris' fifth-year option for the 2025 season?
They'd owe him about $6.6 million for that year.
— Mark Bergin (@MarkBergin_) January 23, 2024
Harris has earned his teammates’ respect, and not even being stripped of his captaincy this season did anything to lessen his positive impact in the locker room.
He urged his teammates to make some in-house changes ahead of the upcoming campaign, stating that the players need to be more accountable for the team’s shortcomings, and you can tell he’s a voice people listen to.
Jaylen Warren took some touches away from him because of his expertise in the passing game and two-minute offense, but Harris still had a big role in the offense.
A lot of things have to change on the team for them to get back to contention, and he should also benefit from a different play-caller and a revamped offensive line next season.