JuJu Smith-Schuster got pretty close to his first start with the NFL Free Agency, but instead decided that the deal with the Pittsburgh Steelers is still ongoing. The animated wide receiver has agreed to sign a $ 8 million one-year deal – confirmed CBS Sports NFL insider Jason La Canfora. This gives him at least one more season to prove he’s worth more money than he would have received in an off-season when teams are in a wage ceiling crisis and financial pressures come in the form of a slowly evolving WR Market is rampant.
Smith-Schuster responded to the news on social media.
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Smith-Schuster is reported to have made a massive pay cut to stay with the Steelers, which is reflected in the $ 8 million maximum noted above. This would be something he should have done if he had considered Pittsburgh’s cap situation. It also means he’s waved a lot more money to go elsewhere, as the New York Jets recently wooed him with what may be a much more robust offering.
There are also reports, according to NFL Network’s Taylor Bisciotti, that the 24-year-old has struck an $ 8 million deal with the Kansas City Chiefs with $ 3 million incentives, and La Canfora confirms that the rival is also 9, Baltimore Ravens offered $ 5 million with incentives of $ 3.5 million. And to get Smith-Schuster to break his loyalty to Pittsburgh, former league MVP Lamar Jackson entered the negotiations. And there’s more when you consider that the Philadelphia Eagles were also reportedly on the Young Wideout on a multi-year contract, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, when General Manager Howie Roseman attempted a coup in the hunt for the former second-round election .
No doubt he’s hoping for a bigger, long-term deal in 2022 (passing on Phillys in 2021) – with another year in a known Pittsburgh crime – to stand up for.
“I can’t say enough, I love you Pittsburgh,” tweeted Smith-Schuster. “Came here, a young 20 year old, and you hugged me from the moment I got here. So much love. Had my back through it all – all the struggles and the success.
“So hard to go. See you in Heinz this fall [Field]. WE’RE GOT MAD !!! “
Smith-Schuster hit the NFL scene after being selected by the Steelers in the 2017 NFL Draft second round, helping lubricate the wheels for the organization to connect with mercury all-pro receiver Antonio Brown separate. After receiving 1,917 yards and seven touchdowns to complement Brown in year Smith-Schuster, he blew up in year 2 for 1,426 yards on 111 receptions.
However, he hasn’t been the same in previous seasons as his production declined while his TikTok antics increased, leading to head coach Mike Tomlin talking to him about his pre-game ritual for social media on the opponent’s midfield logo film.
However, it seems that everything is behind them as they are ready to get back to work in 2021.