March 19, 2021

JuJu Smith-Schuster Returns to Steelers on 1-Year, $8M Deal

JuJu Smith-Schuster is staying put.

Amid a slow-churning wide receiver free-market, Smith-Schuster elected to re-sign with the Steelers on a one-year, $8 million contract, per NFL Media.

He apparently had better offers from the Kansas City Chiefs and Baltimore Ravens, but obviously wanted to stay in Pittsburgh and was comfortable taking a pay cut.

The former USC receiver confirmed the news on Twitter. 

Smith-Schuster, still just 24 despite having played four seasons already, has emerged as one of the game's most reliable receivers.

Despite not living up to the immense hype since Antonio Brown left, Smith-Schuster has compiled 308 receptions for 3,726 yards and 26 touchdowns.

This past season, Smith-Schuster dominated in the slot, with a league-leading 81 catches and nine touchdowns from that alignment.

A Pro Bowler in 2018, Smith-Schuster was the youngest player in NFL history to amass 200 receptions. While he might never be a true No. 1 receiver, Smith-Schuster won't have to be with Diontae Johnson and Chase Claypool flanking him. 

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