Grading potential Najee Harris-Cowboys trade package

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Pittsburgh Steelers, Najee Harris
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Over the course of the offseason, the Pittsburgh Steelers have transformed their quarterback room into a polarizing and potentially-dynamic one, adding Russell Wilson and Justin Fields in favor of watching Kenny Pickett get shipped off to Philadelphia and losing Mason Rudolph in free agency.

It's a new era in Pittsburgh, and one that fans are hoping can lead this team back to a postseason run.

While the bulk of this offseason's major moves is in the rear view, one notable, possible move still exists for the Steelers: trading away running back Najee Harris. But, to where?

How about the Dallas Cowboys?

At this point, it doesn't appear that the idea of trading Harris to the Cowboys is just some rumor without legs. Apparently, there have been multiple outlets reporting the rumor of a potential Harris-to-Dallas deal.

Bleacher Report's Alex Kay seems to think this idea is plausible, too, as written in a recent piece talking about deals that could still go down before the 2024 season kicks off.

Najee Harris to the Cowboys makes sense, but the Steelers would get away with highway robbery

The proposed trade would look like this:

Harris cowboys trade

A deal like this would certainly make sense for both sides, to some extent, Kay writes:

"Considering the Steelers declined Harris' fifth-year option, it's looking likely that the 2024 campaign will be Harris' final in western Pennsylvania. Rather than lose him for potentially nothing next spring—and a lowly compensatory draft selection at best—Pittsburgh's brass could get ahead of the departure by securing some 2025 draft compensation for his services.

A fourth-round pick is far from the No. 24 overall selection the Steelers used to land Harris, but it's become clear he's not a great fit in their offense. A trade would benefit all sides, allowing Warren to take over Pittsburgh's backfield and Harris to get a fresh start as the top option in Dallas' platoon."

Jaylen Warren is more than capable of handling the bulk of the touches and offers a lot more explosiveness than Harris, so the loss of Harris shouldn't be too concerning for Steelers fans.

The big win, here, is the fact that Pittsburgh is getting back a fourth-round pick for a guy they'll likely allow to walk in 2025, anyway.

With just how replaceable running backs have become in today's NFL, this deal is an absolute home run for the Steelers. Harris has reached his ceiling, as I'm sure most would agree. For Pittsburgh to get a valuable pick in return would be a massive victory.

Grade: A

Now, will it happen? That's the real question.