Las Vegas Raiders Interested in Snapping up Steelers’ Juju Smith-Schuster

Published 02/11/2021, 12:57 PM EST
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


The Las Vegas Raiders seem to have their sights set on brining in a wide receiver to provide quarterback Derek Carr the tools he needs to take the NFL by storm. And that wide receiver is none other than Pittsburgh Steelers’ Juju Smith-Schuster.

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Smith Schuster, who was drafted by the franchise back in 2017, is still on his rookie contract. But that is soon set to expire. And if the Steelers don’t move fast, then the wide receiver will hit the market as a free agent rom March 17.

And if that is to be the case, then the Las Vegas Raiders are one of the many franchises that could make a move form Smith-Schuster.

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Juju Smith-Schuster likely to be in demand

The quarterback has enjoyed a roller coaster four seasons with the Steelers franchise. Drafted in 2017, the wide out got his first Pro Bowl call up in 2018.

He was also named the team’s MVP that very season. An aspect which many believe played a major role in the departure of Antonio Brown from the franchise to none other than the Raiders.

Now we all know how the Raiders-Brown saga unfolded. And that’s a story for some other day altogether. Coming back to Schuster, the wide receiver has a rather quiet 2019 season registering only 3 touchdowns.

In 2020 though, Schuster started off strong. In fact, last season was a career best for him in terms of touchdowns and catch completion percentage.

Jan 3, 2021; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Cleveland Browns cornerback M.J. Stewart (36) returns an interception as Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (19) pursues during the second half at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

But if the franchise is to not renew his contract or put him on a franchise tag, he’ll be a free agent for 2021. But the Schuster shouldn’t be out of a team for long.

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John Clayton of 710 ESPN recently said on 93.7 The Fan that the chances of Raiders picking up Schuster in the offseason are rather high.

Clayton said that Raiders are “very interested” in signing the wide receiver. If the move does go through, Schuster will have a new place to call home.

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Far from the industrial powerhouse that is Pittsburgh, Schuster will have to play under the blinding lights that the city of Las Vegas brings with it.

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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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