JuJu Smith-Schuster’s deal covers at least two years

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After two years of doing one-year deals in free agency, receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster has done a deal that covers, as a practical matter, the next two years.

Per a source with knowledge of the transaction, here are the details.

1. Signing bonus: $7.9 million.

2. 2023 base salary: $1.1 million, fully guaranteed.

3. 2024 base salary: $7 million, fully guaranteed.

4. 2025 base salary: $6.5 million.

5. 2023-25 per-game roster bonus: $58,823 per game, up to $1 million per year.

The deal also has up to $1.5 million in incentives for receiving yards in 2023, and up to $3 million in incentives for receiving yards in 2024 and in 2025.

Smith-Schuster will be paid $16 million guaranteed over the next two years. The deal will continue for a third year at the team’s option.

Contrary to reports that it’s a three-year, $33 million deal, the base package is $25.5 million. He can make up to $33 million.

He becomes an intriguing addition to a team that, on offense, is in transition. His size makes him versatile, allowing the Patriots to slip he offense into overdrive and potentially secure mismatches with a defense that can’t shuttle new players in.

That said, there’s a real question as to whether Smith-Schuster’s personality fits with the Patriot Way. More than a decade ago, Chad Johnson struggled to make the transition to assembly-line Stepford Patriot, abandoning his individuality and in turn undermining his performance.

Presumably, Patriots coach Bill Belichick will expect JuJu to act accordingly in New England. Not many got an exemption — and those who have (like Gronk) earned it on the field.

13 responses to “JuJu Smith-Schuster’s deal covers at least two years

  1. Good for him turning lemon into lemonaide. He was, however, enhanced by the best QB in the league and now he won’t have that aid.

  2. Dude got his ring now has his bag of money to sit on while at the bottom of the AFC East next season.

  3. Belichick knows he’s on a short leash with Kraft. He’s on a short leash or this year could and should be his last if he doesn’t produce results. So I’m sure he’ll let JuJu be JuJu if he knows what’s good for him

  4. His social media antics will not be tolerated in NE. It is the last place I saw him going!

  5. A one year contract would have been useless. Glad they committed to at least two if not three year. Cohesion has been lacking for MJones’ tenure.

  6. Has anyone bothered to compare his numbers last year to Meyers? They’re there same dude. And JuJu had Mahomes last season.
    I’m not seeing the upgrade.

  7. I bought extra popcorn to watch the Patriot homers lose their minds over JUJus lack of production with a terrible QB….can’t wait.

  8. Thanks for your efforts this past year JuJu.

    Thanks for being a consistent effort guy, a good team mate and a prepared and squared away football player for the Chiefs.

    Live long & prosper.

  9. NE loves their castoff WRs from other teams. But then again when you can’t actually draft any yourselves then this is what you get. How many WR 3s and 4s do they have on the roster now?

  10. NE loves their castoff WRs from other teams.


    It worked when they had Brady, so Belichick the garbage thought he could do the same with other QBs.

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