JuJu Smith-Schuster stays with Steelers

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Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster will be back for another season in Pittsburgh.

Smith-Schuster agreed to a one-year deal with the Steelers today, according to multiple reports.

Although Smith-Schuster reportedly had interest from some other teams, the wide receiver market has been soft this year, and Smith-Schuster may have calculated that his best chance at a big payday is to have a big season in 2021 and then hit free agency again a year from now, when the salary cap is expected to be significantly higher.

In four seasons with the Steelers, Smith-Schuster has 308 catches for 3,726 yards and 26 touchdowns.

42 responses to “JuJu Smith-Schuster stays with Steelers

  1. JuJu saw that the grass ain’t always greener on the other side of the fence. I still think $8M is too much, but I don’t get to make the calls.

  2. Makes sense bring him back another year to try and win a championship while Bens here.

  3. They needed him back, only wr they have with good hands and clutch in big situations. Media gets on Ben for last 5 games, but it was the drops by claypool, Johnson and Ebrom that cost them points and games down the stretch.

  4. I guess he enjoys playing for a team that lost to Blake Bortles, Tim Tebow and Cleveland in the playoffs, and has only 3 playoff wins in over a decade ( one of them gifted to them by the Bengals)

  5. Wake up Tomlin you allow your players to do as they please and no other teams wants them. Now you are stuck with a guy who will give one hundred percent. Doubtful unless it is his great rain dance in the endzone

  6. steelcurtainn says:
    March 19, 2021 at 1:27 pm
    Makes sense bring him back another year to try and win a championship while Bens here./////////////////////////////////////////////
    The Steelers have 0.7% chance of that happening, so there’s a chance…

  7. mlvcfan says:
    March 19, 2021 at 1:28 pm
    Big Ben is going to have a big Year

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    He’s going to have to with no running game.

  8. steelcurtainn says:
    March 19, 2021 at 1:27 pm
    Makes sense bring him back another year to try and win a championship while Bens here.
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    “Try and win a championship”. Lol. Hate to burst the bubble, but Pitt. is closer to duking it out with Cincy for 4th in the division than they are trying to win a championship. Now, I suppose Jacksonville is also trying to win a championship, but that’s my point.

  9. They brought both Big Ben and JuJu back. The Steelers organization must love first round playoff exits.

  10. Hard to do anything in an offense where the QB is immobile and the O line is a liability.

  11. A bit refreshing to see a player turn down higher offers and stay with the team that drafted him.

  12. Smart move on both sides. Affordable for the Steelers in a transition year. An opportunity for bigger bucks next year for a talented, but immature receiver.

  13. Quite peculiar. There he was, publicly saying he wont play for the Steelers. Then we hear he turned down a lucrative offer by the Eagles. Was it a concrete offer ?

  14. pittspuke7 says:
    I guess he enjoys playing for a team that lost to Blake Bortles, Tim Tebow and Cleveland in the playoffs, and has only 3 playoff wins in over a decade ( one of them gifted to them by the Bengals)
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    Most successful team in the league since the 1970 merger
    Second most successful team in the league the last 20 years
    A constant stream of inductees into the Hall of Fame

    I’ll take another 50 years, thank you…

  15. Awesome. Now Let’s hear from all the local “experts” that have been claiming for over a year that Smith-Shuster would be gone from PGH in 2021!

  16. If he can grow up a little and cut out the extracurricular BS, its a good deal for both sides. If he acts like a tween girl and continues to be a distraction, its wasted money.

  17. I don’t feel this was a good move on the Steelers part. A one-year deal will not help cure his immaturity.
    This will only fuel his Diva mentality and he will constantly want to be the center of attention so he can show teams for next year. It will be nothing but antonio brown 2.0.
    The best bet is to sign him and try to trade him a draft time

  18. He’ll only have a big year to show other teams he’s worth a big payday if they throw him the ball. Last year they did not. Does he think they wiill this year?

  19. I really don’t want to laugh at the guy. However, there is a sense that this is exactly what he deserves.

  20. The Steelers have a huge amount of cap space next year and are honorable, unlike many organizations. They most likely told him if he hits certain numbers they would resign or negotiate a new deal mid-season to keep him a Steeler. Being a Steeler has a great amount of weight. Both ownership and the coaching staff are honest and treat players like men, not disposable pieces of a puzzle. Good for him.

  21. I am a bit surprised! I guess other teams didn’t think so highly of him and wouldn’t grossly over pay him.

  22. Pleasantly surprised. It looked like he was goner. Physically, he looked bigger and stronger than a year ago, and he showed toughness over the middle. He was dependable on third down.

  23. To think, just a couple of days ago, Smith-Schuster made it pretty clear that he would not be back in Pittsburgh. I guess he’s not worth as much as he thought he was.

  24. As a Steelers’ fan, I’m not upset about his staying with the team. That said, I hope this is a wakeup call regarding the social media/dancing antics. I like JuJu, he was one of my favorite players up until he started the dancing stuff, and when talked to about it, seemed to not see the problem with it. He’s a smart guy, I think it will all turn out well.

  25. “The Steelers have a huge amount of cap space next year and are honorable, unlike many organizations.”

    Kind of an ironic statement, since the Steelers were caught paying a player under the table under Cowher and lost a 3rd round pick.

  26. Makes sense bring him back another year to try and win a championship while Bens here.
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    I guess technically every team is “trying” to win a championship but you’d have to be delusional to see the Steelers as a legitimate contender.

  27. Most people here are delusional if they think the Steelers won’t be in the thick of the playoffs next year like always.

  28. Glad to have him back. Salary cap hit is only $1.7 million with voidable years. Great move by Omar Khan!!

  29. under market value $8 mil for JuJu > yes.. but not a good signing for Steelers. should have put $$ towards OL and rb-CCarson. or next level down Fournette, MMack/ PLindsey/ MBoone

  30. If he’s looking for a big payday next year, he better be focusing on his game and less on his brand.

  31. The Steelers are now a team duking it out with last place Cincinnati and their rookie qb. Lol. M The Steelers won the division and got the best qb in the afc north. They also have the arguably the best defense in the north.

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