Things have been quiet with Smith-Schuster’s market until today, when it was reported he is having talks with the Jets about a potential deal.
The conventional wisdom for some time has been that Pittsburgh wouldn’t be able to afford to bring back Smith-Schuster.
But if his market has truly bottomed out, he might find it preferable to return to Pittsburgh, maybe on a one-year deal to try again in free agency in 2022.
Regardless, it will be fascinating to see what happens with the young wideout and where he lands next.
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.