It was very unclear if the Pittsburgh Steelers were going to bring JuJu Smith-Schuster back in the offseason. Until the market decided to tank. It seems like the Steelers were going to allow most of their free agents to test the open market and hope they would not get what they think they were worth. That did not work with Bud Dupree, Matt Feiler, and Mike Hilton. Now the Steelers have 5 starters gone on the defensive side of the ball. That is part of the gamble the Steelers had to take due to their cap issues going into the 2021 offseason.
JuJu Smith-Schuster was one of the free agents the Steelers gambled on by allowing him to go onto the open market. Although he did get better offers in Baltimore and Kansas City he decided to stay loyal with the Steelers and stay in Pittsburgh. There is no denying his loyalty, but Ryan Clark believes no one wanted to give JuJu money during the offseason.
Clark says ESPN is being too nice to JuJu Smith-Schuster. No one seems to be talking about the money in regards to JuJu. Clark says at the end of the day you need to be honest and JuJu Smith-Schuster didn't have the offers in the 2021 offseason. Ryan says JuJu will not be the guy in Pittsburgh. He says JuJu is not going to be the guy that gets the number of targets that he wants to get. It's not going to be like playing in Kansas City when the passing game is huge or being with Lamar Jackson where you will be a number 1 wide receiver.
The reason why JuJu went back to the Pittsburgh Steelers is that the grass wasn't greener. Had the market not tanked maybe JuJu would have greener grass, but in the 2021 offseason, Ryan is right the grass was not greener. Clark said JuJu is not Pittsburgh nor is JuJu Pittsburgh like. He said JuJu doesn't even act like a Pittsburgh Steeler. Other places would have been better for JuJu, but no one wanted to give JuJu the money.
The performing arts need to stop with JuJu Smith-Schuster says, Ryan Clark. Especially the Wolf of Wallstreet bit because at the end of the day it was not going to take a wrecking ball to take JuJu Smith-Schuster out of Pittsburgh all it would have been was a better deal. Ryan Clark went fully in on JuJu Smith-Schuster.
There is no denying JuJu could have taken more money with the Ravens or Chiefs. Not only more money, but he could have taken the easy route to the Super Bowl with the Chiefs like Le'Veon Bell tried to do. He didn't, but I agree the market was not good for JuJu Smith-Schuster, but I always believe JuJu does love Pittsburgh and wanted to stay from the beginning.