JuJu Smith-Schuster’s options came down to Pittsburgh and Baltimore

Baltimore Ravens v Pittsburgh Steelers
Getty Images

Plenty of players and their agents can claim this time of year, regardless of factual accuracy, that a player took less to stay with his current team. In the case of Steelers receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster, it’s true.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster took less to stay with the Steelers than he would have gotten from the Ravens.

Ultimately, Smith-Schuster’s decision came down to Pittsburgh and Baltimore. (The Eagles never were in it, and the Chiefs made a too-little, too-late, ultimately irrelevant push for JuJu.) He chose Pittsburgh on a one-year, $8 million deal over Baltimore on a one-year, $9 million deal with $3.5 million in incentives.

The Ravens win either way, because the Steelers had to scramble to come up with $8 million that they didn’t think they’d be spending. The final contract quite possibly will have voidable years, allowing the money to be spread over multiple seasons.

Smith-Schuster will now return to a crowded depth chart in Pittsburgh, hopeful to do enough to parlay 2021 into the open-market payday he didn’t get during his first shot at free agency.

15 responses to “JuJu Smith-Schuster’s options came down to Pittsburgh and Baltimore

  1. Being a receiver and going to the Ravens for a one year deal is like a death sentence.. Unless you really enjoying blocking and getting 1-3 passes thrown your way a game.

  2. Exactly. Only way someone goes there is if they’re overpaid. The Ravens higher ups are too smart to do that.

  3. Although not fully denying your comment, but brown had 100 targets last year and if he didn’t drop passes so much he’d be around 70-75 catches

  4. I’m a Ravens fan and can readily admit that it would be idiotic for a receiver to take a 1 year deal to come here. Like it or not, the stats matter the most when you’re trying to cash in on some kind of prove it year. The only way we’re getting a receiver on a 1 year deal is if they have no other options or they’re at the end of their career!!

  5. JuJu was banking on the Dolphins to make a play. Sorry, folks that is the old Fins throwing around crazy money at Divas and troublemakers. Having Parker, Will Fuller and either Waddle, Smith or Chase from the Draft is still half his asking price. #NoThanks!

  6. And JuJu thinks Big Ben will help his stats? My 90 year old father in law moves better than Big Ben!

  7. I’d stay with Big Ben and the division winners over Lamar Jackson too. Good decision Juju!

  8. the tik tok kid returns to the last place steelers.. great headline!!!! lol the team should implode by week 6.. they have no o line.. like seriously no o line.. banner is the only one and he is coming off an ACL and he has almost no body of work…. the rest of the line either retired or walked and they have about zero budget for one now.. love it.. ben will be running for his life or throwing 3 yrd crossser to the tik tok kid and maple diva with the crooked eye make up lol

  9. He made the wrong decision. Big Ben is washed up and the Steelers won’t make the playoffs. He will be missing out on joining Lamar on a MPV season and Super Bowl run!

  10. Taking less money to be a Steeler instead of a Raven should get all of the Steeler fans who have been so critical of this guy off his back for a while. It probably won’t but it should. Team and city loyalty are pretty rare in this business when it comes time to put your money where your mouth is. We’ll see how good a football decision it was in time, but it’s already a good culture decision demonstrating the (sometimes) special relationship between this organization and its’ players.

  11. If the Ravens keep OBJ and pick up a center, Lamar’s passing accuracy will pick up significantly. I’m afraid Ben, in front of a leaky line, will struggle in what will probably be the last year of his HOF career.
    JuJu would probably have been better served catching passes from Lamar.

  12. So the options were… more money, more explosive, productive offense, unknown potential… or less money, a 40 year old QB, and known mediocrity. How did he make the right decision again?

    If Hollywood Brown can put up his stats on the Ravens offense, being a tiny scrub with no hands, imagine what a big legit target could accomplish… dudes scared to take a shot. Clearly not a baller fr.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.