Big news came on Friday when JuJu Smith-Schuster decided to sign back with the Pittsburgh Steelers for another season. In JuJu's mind, this will give both sides more time to negotiate on a longer-term contract while still staying in Pittsburgh. It makes sense for both sides to get a deal done like this. JuJu will get paid $8 million for the 2021 season and the Steelers will have their cap issues fixed in 2022. There should be no reason why JuJu Smith-Schuster and the Pittsburgh Steelers can not get a deal done before he becomes a free agent again in 2022.
Just recently Bleacher Report gave grades out for Friday's signings throughout the NFL. They acknowledge that the 2021 offseason has not been friendly to the Pittsburgh Steelers. This is true because the Steelers are losing some key players like Bud Dupree, Mike Hilton, Matt Feiler, and now they could be losing Steven Nelson. With that being said the news on JuJu Smith-Schuster signing with the Pittsburgh Steelers yesterday gave Steeler fans a sigh of relief finally.
Bleacher Report says the market in 2021 for wide receivers has been ice-cold. That has forced some wide receivers to look at short-term "prove-it" deals in 2021 and it opened the door for JuJu Smith-Schuster to return back to the Pittsburgh Steelers. They say getting the fifth-year pro back on a one-year, $8 million dollar deal is a best-case scenario for Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. Therefore Bleacher Report gives the Steelers an A for bringing JuJu Smith-Schuster back to Pittsburgh.