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Steelers ‘not likely’ to re-sign Juju Smith-Schuster

Steelers, Juju Smith-Schuster

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster is in the final year of his current contract, and it might be his last season with the team.

Ed Bouchette of The Athletic said the Steelers are “not likely” to re-sign Smith-Schuster, also indicating running back James Conner does not figure into the team’s future plans (h/t Andersen Pickard of Prime Time Sports Talk):

A pair of Pittsburgh Steelers explosive offensive players are heading into their contract year and could be looking to join new teams in 2021. In a Q&A session with Steelers fans, Ed Bouchette of The Athletic said that he believes it is “not likely” that the team re-signs wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster and running back James Conner.

More precisely, when asked about the potential of Pittsburgh re-signing the players, Bouchette said “no” in regards to Conner and “not likely” regarding Smith-Schuster.

Juju was one of the breakout offensive stars for the team in his rookie season, but he looked like a future All-Pro in 2018.

Smith-Schuster pulled in 111 receptions for 1,426 yards and seven touchdowns. And he earned team MVP honors for his stellar play. With Antonio Brown out of the picture in 2019, Smith-Schuster had the opportunity to cement his status as a No. 1 receiver.

But JuJu’s season did not go as planned. He missed four games due to injuries and was otherwise underwhelming when healthy. Smith-Schuster finished the year with just 42 receptions for 552 yards and three touchdowns. His drop percentage nearly doubled, as well.

Of course, JuJu spent the majority of the year with Mason Rudolph and Devlin Hodges. He should be able to reestablish himself with Ben Roethlisberger returning under center.

Still, Smith-Schuster’s future in Pittsburgh appears uncertain.