JuJu Smith Schuster Reveals the Teams That Were After His Signature in Free Agency

Published 03/20/2021, 2:25 PM EDT
Dec 13, 2020; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (19) walks off the field following the game against the Buffalo Bills at Bills Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports


Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith Schuster was one of the most sought-after players in this year’s free agency market. With his rookie contract running out, the WR was high on the list of many franchises looking to strengthen their receiving corps. 

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But ultimately the wide receiver stuck around in Pittsburgh by signing a 1-year contract extension with the franchise worth $8 million. Now a Steeler for at least 1 more year, JuJu recently opened up about the teams that were after his signature. 

JuJu Smith Schuster was a wanted man in free agency

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While talking to Taylor Biscotti of the NFL Network, JuJu Smith Schuster was asked about the teams that were looking to sign for him next season. And in the end, he said, it boiled down to two teams. 

“I was talking to a few. The Kansas City Chiefs and the Baltimore Ravens. But more so it was Baltimore. They were pushing hard in probably like the last six hours of free agency. Even Kansas City was coming in strong,” the wide receiver said.

Schuster was drafted by the Steelers franchise in 2017. But unfortunately, his time in the league has been marred with controversies surrounding his antics on the field.

After receiving harsh criticism from analysts and players alike for dancing on opposition teams’ logo before games in 2020, the wide receiver ended his previous campaign by name-calling division rivals Cleveland Browns after their early playoff loss. 

Signing again with the Steelers, JuJu Smith Schuster took to Twitter to share his excitement. 

Oct 25, 2020; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin congratulates quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) and wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (19). Mandatory Credit: Steve Roberts-USA TODAY Sports

“Can’t say it enough, I love you Pittsburgh. Came in here a young 20-year-old and you guys embraced me from the moment I got here.

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“So much love. Had my back thru everything, all the struggles and success. So hard to leave. See you this Fall in Heinz WE’RE GOIN CRAZY,” he tweeted.

Remaining in Pittsburgh for at least another season, do you feel the WR can guide his franchise to a deep playoff run in 2021?

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Shivayan Roy

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Shivayan Roy is currently an NFL writer at EssentiallySports. After completing his Masters Diploma in Journalism from the Asian College of Journalism, Roy functioned as a reporter for Goal.com and extensively covered the FIFA U-17 World Cup.

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