JuJu Smith-Schuster has agreed to return to the Pittsburgh Steelers for a year, reports Taylor Bisciotti of the NFL Network.
According to the report, the broad recipient turned down better offers from the Kansas City Chiefs and Baltimore Ravens in order to accept a salary-cap-friendly $ 8 million offer from the Steelers. The Chiefs offered $ 8 million with $ 3 million in incentives, and rival Ravens reportedly offered $ 9 million with $ 4 million in incentives.
No long-term deal yet for Smith-Schuster
Smith-Schuster reached the end of his rookie contract, which grossed him $ 4.1 million over four seasons. It looks like he’s hitting a short-term deal this season amid a league-wide salary cap attributed to COVID-19.
JuJu Smith-Schuster agreed to a one-year contract for the return to Pittsburgh. (AP Photo / Keith Srakocic, File)
Smith-Schuster made the Pro Bowl in his sophomore season, counting 111 catches for 1,426 yards and seven touchdowns. Its production has declined for the past two seasons, with a three-touchdown effort of 552 yards in 2019 and a nine-touchdown effort of 831 yards last season.
Smith-Schuster returns to an offensive again led by quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who agreed to cut his salary for his 18th season in Pittsburgh. The Steelers’ offensive fought its way down the track after winning 11-1 last season. Pittsburgh finished 12-4, losing to the Cleveland Browns in the first round of the playoffs.
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