Ian Rapoport says it's 'still possible' that JuJu Smith-Schuster re-signs with the Steelers
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JuJu Smith-Schuster is set to become an unrestricted free agent on March 17 and judging by his social media activity and the reality of the Steelers not having much cap space, the USC product most likely we'll be playing for another organization in 2021.
Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network says it's "still possible" that Smith-Schuster re-signs with the Steelers, and that the organization would like it to happen and they're trying to work on it. However, the financial part of it just doesn't make sense. The Steelers are around $6 million under the cap and Smith-Schuster should command around $16 million per year in free agency. The Steelers are just not going to overpay for Smith-Schuster when they have a solid wide receiving core in Chase Claypool, Diontae Johnson and James Washington. They're also the best team in the league when it comes to drafting wide receivers.
Since free agency began in 1993, the Steelers have given only two wide receivers second contracts -- Hines Ward and Antonio Brown.