JuJu Smith-Schuster Wants To Stay With Steelers Until He Retires


Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster is set to be a free agent this offseason and the conventional wisdom for some time has been that he’ll be playing elsewhere in 2021. 

JuJu Smith-Schuster

However, Smith-Schuster says his first and foremost preference would be to stay in Pittsburgh. 

“At the end of the day, I want to have my legacy in Pittsburgh and retire there,” Smith-Schuster told TMZ. “I don’t want to leave.”

Smith-Schuster has played out his rookie deal and has earned a contract that most believe will be too rich for Pittsburgh to match even if they were able to.

The Steelers are working through a lot of hurdles to get under the reduced 2021 cap, including an ongoing situation with QB Ben Roethlisberger

But Smith-Schuster says he can’t see himself playing for a different team. 

“Not right now. Until I actually get let go, other than that, I’m Pittsburgh for life,” he said. 

If Smith-Schuster is willing to take a discount, potentially a steep one, to put his money where his words are, perhaps a return shouldn’t be ruled out. 

Smith-Schuster, 24, was a second-round pick by the Steelers out of USC in the 2017 NFL Draft. He just finished the final year of a four-year, $4.19 million rookie contract that included a $1.19 million signing bonus.

In 2020, Smith-Schuster appeared in all 16 games for the Steelers and caught 97 passes for 831 yards (8.9 YPC) and nine touchdowns. 

We have him included in our Top 100 – 2021 Free Agents list.

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