Could JuJu Smith-Schuster finally be leaving Pittsburgh in the 2022 offseason? It depends on the quarterback situation and where the Pittsburgh Steelers are heading into the near future. Smith-Schuster did get to play one last game with Ben Roethlisberger against the Kansas City Chiefs, but came up short in the playoffs. JuJu loves the City of Pittsburgh and would still like to stay with the team on a longer term contract (4 year deal).
Aaron Wilson of Pro Football Network is reporting that JuJu Smith-Schuster almost signed with the Kansas City Chiefs in the 2021 offseason. Now that Ben Roethlisberger is going to retire in the offseason JuJu Smith-Schuster has interest in signing with the Kansas City Chiefs again in the 2022 offseason according to Wilson.
JuJu Smith-Schuster has expressed in multiple NFL circles and with multiple league sources that Smith-Schuster hopes to join the Chiefs as a free agent and has expressed his desire to do so during the 2022 offseason.
Last March, Chiefs head coach Andy Reid was recruiting Smith-Schuster and sending him photos of the Lombardi Trophy.
“I think, just seeing K.C. and bro, Andy Reid was just calling me and he was sending me Lombardi Trophy pictures like constantly,” Smith-Schuster said. “We had a good talk, so it would’ve been K.C. after the Steelers. Like texted it to me while I was trying to make a decision and I have so much respect for him and his team.”
Smith-Schuster bet on himself and re-signed with the Steelers on a one-year, $8 million deal, mainly because he wanted to have at least one more season with Ben Roethlisberger. The market for wide receivers in free agency was dry also due to teams not having as much cap space because of COVID-19. Things didn't go as planned for Smith-Schuster in 2021, as he suffered a shoulder injury in Week 5 against the Broncos and didn't return until the wild-card game against the Chiefs.
With Roethlisberger gone now, it will be interesting to see if Smith-Schuster wants to play with Mason Rudolph if that's who the Steelers end up going with as their QB1.