The Pittsburgh Steelers have a lot of questions to figure out as free agency approaches. Perhaps the biggest question, besides Ben Roethlisberger, is that of wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster.
The status of Smith-Schuster is uncertain at best, and the former USC standout left an interesting comment on an Instagram post.
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Zach Banner, a former offensive lineman for the Steelers, posted on Instagram about a new contract. However, JuJu Smith-Schuster’s comment is a bit of a strange one and might be a sign of what’s going to happen in the Steel City.
The Steelers are very limited as far as cap space is concerned, and have already met with Big Ben on possibly restructuring his contract to free up some more cash. JJ Watt has been rumored to be interested in joining the Steelers, which makes sense due to his two brothers already playing there.
Despite JuJu Smith-Schuster being a very talented player, unfortunately, his price tag might come as a bit of a luxury. The Steelers have Diontae Johnson, James Washington, and Chase Claypool filling the position group and for a team that is right up to the cap, it might not make a lot of sense for them to offer him a big-money deal.
Juju finished last season with 97 catches with 831 yards and nine touchdown scores and should have no problem finding a long-term deal on the open market. Especially with a number of teams needing pass-catchers this year.
Mike Tomlin’s squad had a terrific year, but hit a bump in the road towards the end of the year and lost to the Cleveland Browns in the playoffs, much to the disappointment of everybody. Whether Big Ben returns or not remains to be seen, but the writing is on the wall for him to play again in 2021 and for the Steelers to make another run at an AFC title.
As for Juju, his future in the Steel City is very unclear and it might be some time before anybody knows what both sides decide to do.