JuJu Smith-Schuster reveals his approach to his contract situation moving forward
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster has one year remaining on his deal, so, naturally, you would expect him to be somewhat concerned over his status moving forward.
But Smith-Schuster isn’t sweating it.
When asked about his current situation, Smith-Schuster said he is only focusing on getting ready for next season:
“Not at all,” said Smith-Schuster when asked if his contract was on his mind, according to Chris Adamski of The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “Just doing what I’m told, just trying to get healthy for the next season and just trying to help the guys.”
Smith-Schuster was tagged as the Steelers’ clear No. 1 receiver entering 2019 following last offseason’s trade of Antonio Brown, but the wideout did not live up to expectations this season.
In 12 games, the 23-year-old logged just 42 catches for 552 yards and three touchdowns, well beneath his breakout 2018 campaign in which he hauled in 111 receptions for 1,426 yards and seven scores en route to a Pro Bowl appearance.
Of course, Smith-Schuster’s lack of production this year was hardly all his fault.
He missed four contests due to a concussion and a knee injury, and Pittsburgh had little to no stability under center, as Ben Roethlisberger went down for the season with an elbow injury in Week 2 and Mason Rudolph and Devlin Hodges alternated at quarterback the rest of the way.
With Roethlisberger coming back healthy for 2020, bigger things could be on the horizon for JuJu Smith-Schuster, both in terms of production and in dollars.
Pittsburgh went 8-8 and missed the playoffs this season.