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The Steelers' 2021 offseason should be interesting, as they have several big decisions to make regarding upcoming unrestricted free agents, players such as JuJu Smith-Schuster, Bud Dupree, Alejandro Villanueva, Matt Feiler, Cam Sutton, Mike Hilton and Tyson Alualu.
Smith-Schuster is a fan favorite and one of the biggest names on the list that could be playing their last few games in the black and gold this season.
With the team's losing revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there's a cap floor of $175 million in 2021, down from $198.2 million in 2020. According to Overthecap.com, they have the cap right now at $176 million, and the Steelers are $21,009,219 over that figure. A wide receiver of Smith-Schuster's caliber will probably earn in the range of $16 million per year from a team, which is why many expect this year to be Smith-Schuster's last in Pittsburgh.
Smith-Schuster would like to stay in the Steel City, however. Smith-Schuster said in an Instagram post on Wednesday afternoon, "No cap, I wouldn't mind staying here for another 4 years."
Smith-Schuster wants to remain in Pittsburgh, and most fans would love to see him stay, but the NFL, after all, is a business. Both parties, Smith-Schuster and the Steelers, will do what's best for them at the end of the day. It should be compelling to see what happens this offseason with Smith-Schuster, along with the slew of other Steelers' players that are set to become unrestricted free agents in 2021.