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The Chiefs and Ravens were the two teams who were interested in signing JuJu Smith-Schuster in free agency this offseason, and even though they were offering more money than the Steelers, the 24-year-old wide receiver remained loyal and decided to re-sign with Pittsburgh.
Smith-Schuster also knows that he would have never heard the end of it from Steelers Nation if he decided to sign with the division rival Ravens.
"I already knew if I went to the Ravens, fans would've destroyed me," Smith-Schuster told the media after Wednesday's OTAs practice via Christopher Carter of DK Pittsburgh Sports. "Going to the Chiefs, they have a great offense, but I got to do what's best for me and that's staying home. Same quarterback, same coaches, same everything. Next year's free agency will be a lot better."
A few weeks ago, Smith-Schuster was making the media rounds and made a similar comment on The Lefkoe Show in regards to not wanting to lose the Steelers fanbase by signing with the Ravens. He also didn't want it to be another James Harrison type of situation.
“The most disrespectful thing is, ‘Hey, like, I’m James Harrison. Lemme go to the Patriots.’ You lose that strong fanbase,” Smith-Schuster said.