Steelers will address JuJu Smith-Schuster’s contract “when appropriate”

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After the Steelers parted ways with Antonio Brown, the hope in Pittsburgh was that JuJu Smith-Schuster would build on his impressive first two seasons now that he was the team’s No. 1 receiver.

That didn’t happen. Smith-Schuster missed four games with injuries and the loss of Ben Roethlisberger early in the season left the team with shaky quarterback play the rest of the way. Smith-Schuster wound up with 42 catches for 552 yards and 3 touchdowns, which Steelers owner Art Rooney II said doesn’t dim the team’s hopes about his future.

While that may be the case, Rooney didn’t sound like he was prioritizing a new deal with Smith-Schuster before his rookie contract expires after the 2020 season.

“Well again, it was a tough season to evaluate with the different quarterbacks and some of JuJu’s injuries so it’s a tough season to evaluate from a lot of different standpoints,” Rooney said, via PennLive.com. “Obviously we still think highly of JuJu and still think he’s going to be an outstanding player in the league moving forward and we will address the contract situation when it’s appropriate.”

Smith-Schuster’s not in the best negotiating position off the 2019 season and the Steelers have long had a policy of not negotiating contracts during the regular season, so Smith-Schuster’s future with the Steelers may wind up remaining a question in January 2021.

23 responses to “Steelers will address JuJu Smith-Schuster’s contract “when appropriate”

  1. Wow!!!

    Those steelers fans sure are quiet.

    Those same steelers fans were so loud about how great juju is
    and all that overused, empty “next man up” garbage.

    Have a nice day.

  2. The Steelers have been telling the world he’s a #1 WR, now it’s time to pay him as a #1 WR.

    Even though he clearly isn’t.

  3. It’s a tough position. They want to see the production before they pay him, but if he has a great year (with an actual NFL quarterback), he’ll be in a position to demand top dollar. He looked extremely replaceable this season.

  4. It is the Steeler Way… many have criticized it over the years but it builds the teams that we are proud of…

  5. The guy was injured half of last year and literally hasn’t had much help with 2 rookie qbs throwing him the ball. When healthy and and Big Ben back JUJU can still put up numbers.

  6. enoughofthatalready says:
    January 21, 2020 at 9:50 am
    You do realize that he had Mason Rudolph and Duck Hodges throwing passes right?

    Yup….and Mike “leader of Men” Tomlin coaching him

  7. You realize that Tomlin is his coach. He wouldn’t know an adjustment if it ran onto the field and tripped him.

  8. Hey Bungleguy…you haven’t been able to use the word proud and Bungles in the same sentence in like forever…Shhh

  9. bengalguy says:
    January 21, 2020 at 10:48 am
    @qed57,
    Proud of being 8-8 every year…..my how the mighty have fallen

    How many games did your squad win last year? What’s it been, three decades since you won a playoff game? You should probably just stop posting entirely.

  10. JuJu is an incredible teammate and a good receiver, but he proved he is not dominant as a No.1 this year. He is a fantastic No. 2 when paired with a great No. 1 draw double teams. Dionte Johnson, however, showed flashes of being a great No. 1 and may be able to move into that role soon, freeing up Shuster to get the ball in his hands and work his YAC magic.

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