Steelers Sign Najee Harris To Rookie Contract
By Jason Hall
May 25, 2021
The Steelers confirmed the deal in a news release on their official website Tuesday (May 25).
Mark Kaboly, the senior Steelers writer for The Athletic, reports Harris' contract is worth "just over $13 million including a $6.85 million signing bonus" for four years.
Harris was selected by the Steelers at No. 24 overall during the first-round of the 2021 NFL Draft on April 29.
Harris, who ranked as the No. 1 running back and No. 2 overall prospect for the 2017 national recruiting cycle, was the top running back prospect selected in last month's draft and was projected by ESPN draft expert Mel Kiper Jr. to be selected by Pittsburgh in his mock draft one month prior.
Steelers sign running back Najee Harris. The deal is slotted at four years for just over $13 million including a $6.85 million signing bonus— Mark Kaboly (@MarkKaboly) May 25, 2021
The senior led all FBS running backs with 26 rushing touchdowns and ranked third nationally with 1,466 rushing yards, which led all SEC players.
Harris was also credited for driving nine hours from Dallas, Texas to Tuscaloosa after his Dallas-Birmingham flight was cancelled due to lightning to support his former teammates at Alabama's Pro Day earlier this month, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported.
"Alabama RB Najee Harris’ flight from Dallas to Birmingham was cancelled last night due to lightning, so with no other travel options available, Harris drove nine hours to make it to Alabama’s Pro Day by 10 am today. He’s not even working out today but wanted to support teammates," Schefter tweeted.
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