Updated: Feb 26, 2021
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JuJu Smith-Schuster will get paid big-time this offseason, but it most likely won't come from the Steelers. Smith-Schuster should earn $16 million or more per year, and the Steelers just simply don't have the cap space to pay the USC product that kind of money.
Despite the odds, Smith-Schuster is still hoping to be a Steeler for life.
"At the end of the day, I want to have my legacy in Pittsburgh and retire there," Smith-Schuster told TMZ while he was shopping in Los Angeles recently. "I don't want to leave."
Smith-Schuster was asked by TMZ if he could see himself playing for his hometown Los Angeles Rams or Chargers and he said he wants to stay in the Steel City.
"Not right now. Until I actually get let go, other than that, I'm Pittsburgh for life," Smith-Schuster said.
Team president Art Rooney II said today that Ben Roethlisberger will be back for the 2021 season, but they just have to figure out his contract situation and lower his $41.25 million cap hit.
“I think he has something in the tank," Smith-Schuster said of Roethlisberger. "One thing with Big Ben is that I have that chemistry with him. For them to let him go, or even think about it, it wouldn’t be the best because I would love to play with Ben. I always tell Ben give me four more years, but obviously, he's a lot older, so we'll see how that goes."
Smith-Schuster also said that he believes Roethlisberger can still take the Steelers to the Super Bowl and that he is a lock for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.