JuJu Smith-Schuster hopes higher salary cap means bigger contract in 2022

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After briefly testing free agency, JuJu Smith-Schuster decided to stay in Pittsburgh this season on a one-year, $8 million contract. Next year, Smith-Schuster is hoping for more.

Smith-Schuster said today that the lower salary cap for 2021 limited his options this year, and he’s hoping that if he plays well and the cap increases in 2022, that’s when he can cash in.

“With everything that happened this year was different with the cap being low,” Smith-Schuster said, via Brooke Pryor of ESPN. “Next year, hopeful the cap will be so much bigger. Knowing I’ll be on the market again and every team will want to offer something with my value.”

Smith-Schuster said the Ravens and Chiefs were interested, but he wanted to remain loyal to Pittsburgh and keep playing with Ben Roethlisberger.

“I’m looking at the bigger picture, going into next year,” he said. “I already knew if I went to the Ravens, fans would’ve destroyed me. Going to the Chiefs, they have a great offense, playing with Tyreek [Hill] and Travis [Kelce], but I’ve got to do what’s best for me. That’s staying home.”

Smith-Schuster is still just 24 years old, and with a big season he would be a very attractive free agent a year from now.

23 responses to “JuJu Smith-Schuster hopes higher salary cap means bigger contract in 2022

  1. His social media antics cost him more than the pandemic did. He would not have gotten a better deal even with a higher salary cap

  2. Quit making TikTok videos, catch some touchdown passes, rack up yards, and you might be right.

  3. he wanted to remain loyal to Pittsburgh and keep playing with Ben Roethlisberger. Classic, so next year when it comes time for the payday he wants, I guess remaining loyal will be out of the question.

  4. I think he can be immature, but I’m not sure he is wrong here. He could get 4-48 or something like that if the right team has some money they are dying to spend. Its better than wasting money on Nelson Agholor or Corey Davis.

  5. He is not talented enough to overcome being a malcontent for most coaches and GM’s to put up with.

  6. Every year a bunch of impact WRs get drafted and that trend is not going to change. Those guys are much more valuable to a team than this “look at me” clown. Keep doing your tik toc thing Ju Ju, it has really served you well.

  7. Dudes all about money. Maybe they all are. But most don’t put it out there. 8 mill, one year. It would take joe fan three lifetimes to make that. Just don’t get it.

  8. Cannot imagine being a Steelers fan with this level of enabling primadonnas.

  9. Player hopes for higher contract next year. About as surprising as the farmer hoping for a good growing season. Is a story about nothing

  10. Chase Claypool didn’t show that JuJu isn’t a #1 WR. Both of them showed that neither are.

  11. I never wondered what it would be like to admire AB, guess I don’t have to, JJS has shown us all already!

  12. All about the greed with this jerk. He’s not even the best WR on the team! $8 million for one year to play a kid’s game and he’s pissing and moaning. A 24 year old making $8 million a year has zero complaints! Cut him and be done with this cancer!!

  13. Gonna need better stats than last year. Dude had an opportunity to be “the man” and ended up settling for a one year deal. Step up or you won’t get paid.

  14. Tony Broome says:
    June 9, 2021 at 1:27 pm
    Quit making TikTok videos, catch some touchdown passes, rack up yards, and you might be right.
    ___________

    Most people are able to concentrate on more than one thing during the course of a day or a year. For example, many people make TikTok videos or otherwise participate in social media while also performing their day jobs.

    Most professional athletes, just like other well rounded people, do not solely concentrate 24/7/365 on their sport. Well rounded people are able to devote time to their family, church, and hobbies in addition to their work.

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