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WR JuJu Smith-Schuster is re-signing with the Steelers on a one-year, $8M deal.
According to sources, Smith-Schuster had better offers from the Chiefs and Ravens, but ultimately decided to stay in Pittsburgh. He tweeted shortly after the deal was reported, “This is my home, they’re gonna need a wrecking ball to take me outta here! PITTSBURGH I LOVE YOU, LET’S GO!!!!!” So the Steelers offense is all but set except for the running back position, with James Conner likely on the move.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports the New York Jets have been "having conversations" with free agent WR JuJu Smith-Schuster.
The 24-year-old is fully expected to move on from Pittsburgh this offseason. Despite having already signed Corey Davis, the Jets are reportedly still looking to add play-makers. Smith-Schuster could operate as New York's primary slot receiver if he winds up joining them.
John Clayton of ESPN reports the Las Vegas Raiders are "very interested" in signing free agent wideout JuJu Smith-Schuster.
Smith-Schuster has felt like a lock to leave Pittsburgh since the 2020 season kicked off. The Raiders still have Hunter Renfrow to play the slot, and they could also re-sign Nelson Agholor. Still, Smith-Schuster would be the most talented receiver of that trio and would therefore be likely to lead the Raiders in targets. The 24-year-old had an absolutely electric start to his career playing alongside Antonio Brown, but the past two seasons have been viewed as a disappointment by many.
JuJu Smith-Schuster was on Fox Sports Radio and said that he "would love to come back" to Pittsburgh and play with Ben Roethlisberger in 2021
Smith-Schuster confessed that this offseason is a bit different than ones in the past as Roethlisberger's future with the Steelers is uncertain. However, Smith-Schuster appears to want to stay in Pittsburgh. He said that Roethlisberger is "more about the team than anything else." At just 24-years old, Smith-Schuster will draw interest from a lot of receiver-needy teams this offseason if he and the Steelers are unable to work out a deal. He did say that "I feel like I want to be paid for what I'm worth" so unless the Steelers are willing to pay him, there's a chance that he leaves for more money. This situation should be monitored closely throughout the offseason as the departure of Smith-Schuster from Pittsburgh would elevate the stock of Chase Claypool and Diontae Johnson in 2021.
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster caught 13-of-19 targets for 157 yards and a touchdown in a 48-37 loss to the Browns in the Wild Card round.
Smith-Schuster may have played his last game in a Pittsburgh uniform. If so, he made it a good one. The veteran receiver is set to become an unrestricted free-agent this offseason and many onlookers don't expect the Steelers to bring him back. His fantasy value in 2021 will be extremely dependent on which team he is playing for.
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