Grade the Trade: B/R suggests completely wild Steelers-Giants RB trade

The Steelers would be taking a huge risk with this one.
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Pittsburgh Steelers running back Najee Harris has always been a curious evaluation since he arrived in black and gold. While he is a consistent runner who can churn out tough yards with an old-school style, many believe he hasn't quite lived up to expectations after a stellar college career.

Najee is a true Steelers Rorschach test. Supporters will point to three straight 1,000-yard seasons and 22 touchdowns, while haters will highlight his 3.9 yards per carry average and the fact he has seen his role reduced every single year.

Harris did not have his fifth-year option picked up, which could send him to the free agent market. Rather than lose him for nothing, is there a chance that Pittsburgh decides to trade him away and recoup some draft capital? Bleacher Report seems to think so.

The latest trade proposal from Bleacher Report's Ryan Fowler has the Steelers finally ridding themselves of Harris, sending him over to the NFC in a swap with the New York Giants. This deal would give the Steelers extra draft capital, while New York will try to restart Harris' mojo.

Grade the Trade: B/R Swap sends Steelers RB Najee Harris to Giants

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With the Giants officially out of the star running back business after the departure of Saquon Barkley, one would assume they can dip more fully into rebuild mode and get off Daniel Jones' eye-bleedingly bad contract. However, Joe Schoen may not be all in on that vision.

The trade for Brian Burns (and the subsequent huge contract handed out) shows that New York may be trying to sneak into a postseason spot. Harris is better than Devin Singletary, even though some Steelers fan may wring their hands about his inefficient yards per carry average.

The only reason this seems unlikely from Pittsburgh's point of view is Arthur Smith coming in as offensive coordinator. Smith, who had success with Derrick Henry in Tennessee and Bijan Robinson in Atlanta, is a run-first coordinator who will use a three-headed monster of Harris, Jaylen Warren, and personal favorite Cordarrelle Patterson to lead the proverbial charge.

In a vacuum, this wouldn't be terrible value for a player the Steelers may not bring back in Harris. However, within the context of the current Pittsburgh offense, it seems very unlikely that the Steelers would willingly send away the man who will touch the ball more than any skill position player this year.

Grade: B-