Roundup: Steelers sign first-round pick Najee Harris to rookie deal

The first running back selected in the 2021 NFL Draft is under contract.

The Pittsburgh Steelers announced Tuesday that they have signed RB Najee Harris to his fully guaranteed four-year rookie deal worth around $13.1 million. As with all first-round rookies, Harris’ contract includes a fifth-year team option.

The No. 24 pick in April’s draft, Harris is expected to jump right into the starting lineup in Pittsburgh and play a major role in turning around of the league’s most lackluster running games.

He’s already made a fine first impression on his coach and teammates. Mike Tomlin said of Harris during rookie minicamp, “He is as highly conditioned as anybody out there.” Steelers defensive leader Cameron Heyward suggested Pittsburgh defenders are excited about Harris joining the roster, getting “30 to 40” touches per game and helping ease the burden on their side of the ball.

With Harris on the books for at least the next four seasons, Steelers fans, coaches and players alike can enjoy what he brings to Pittsburgh’s backfield as the latest in a long line of stellar Steelers backs.

Pen to paper ✍️

Elsewhere around the NFL on Tuesday:

  • The Denver Broncos promoted Ray Jackson to vice president of player development. Jackson had served as the club’s director of player development for the past six seasons.
  • The Philadelphia Eagles signed defensive tackle Willie Henry and waived linebacker Joe Bachie.
  • Buffalo Bills receiver Stefon Diggs (oblique) and defensive tackle Star Lotulelei were not at OTAs on Tuesday, but coach Sean McDermott said over 70 players were in attendance.
  • The Tampa Bay Buccaneers re-signed receiver Antonio Brown and signed cornerback Dee Delaney.
  • The Seattle Seahawks are signing tight end Cam Sutton, per NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero.

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