The Pittsburgh Steelers bring back their largest free agent and, according to several reports, sign wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster.
Smith-Schuster will sign a $ 8 million one-year deal with the Steelers. The 24-year-old was considered a top option for many teams but watched the broad recipient market fall below expectations before deciding to return to Pittsburgh.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Baltimore Ravens gave Smith-Schuster a “hard push” before signing with the Steelers. Reports surfaced Thursday that the broad recipient was also talking to the New York Jets about a possible deal.
Smith-Schuster returns to Pittsburgh after four years, a Pro Bowl appearance, 3,726 yards and 26 touchdowns. He will reunite with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who campaigned for Smith-Schuster’s off-season return.
“I think he embodies what it means to be a Pittsburgh Steeler,” said Roethlisberger after the Steelers’ playoff loss to the Browns.
Smith-Schuster will complete another run in Pittsburgh in 2021 together with Diontae Johnson, James Washington and Chase Claypool.
Noah Strackbein is a publisher at AllSteelers. Follow Noah on Twitter @NoahStrack and AllSteelers @si_steelers.