The Pittsburgh Steelers did the inevitable by bringing JuJu Smith-Schuster back on a one-year, $8 million dollar deal. It looked like JuJu was pretty much gone once the Steelers went into the 2021 offseason. The issue wasn't because the Steelers didn't want him back the issue was because the Steelers had no cap room to offer JuJu a big-time deal. So they ended up taking a big gamble by allowing him to hit the open market. That gamble didn't work on Bud Dupree, Matt Feiler, or Mike Hilton, but it worked on JuJu Smith-Schuster.
No matter what the media says the Steelers made the right decision to bring JuJu Smith-Schuster back on a one-year deal. This will give them the opportunity to work with JuJu for the 2021 season to lock him up to an even longer deal. It was smart on both sides to stay together. JuJu showed he is loyal to the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Steelers now don't have to look at the wide receiver position going into the 2021 NFL draft. It is a win-win situation no matter how you look at it.
Not only do the Steelers get a talented slot wide receiver back in 2021, but they also get one back who is only 24 years old. Since 2021 JuJu has ranked 5th in receptions (195), 2nd in receiving yards (2,393 yards), and 2nd in Touchdowns (19). In 2020 JuJu Smith-Schuster ranked 1st in catches (81) and Touchdowns (9). He may not be a number 1 wide receiver, but what he produces in the slot position is well worth the investment the Steelers are making.
Let's hope the Steelers and JuJu Smith-Schuster can come to terms on a new deal before 2022. JuJu says he would like to stay in Pittsburgh on a 4-year deal. That can be done easily in 2022 because the Steelers will be walking into the 2022 offseason with plenty of cap room. So do not get wrapped up with the media in regards to JuJu Smith-Schuster. His numbers and production on the football field speak for themselves.