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JuJu Smith-Schuster Takes “Significant Discount” To Return To Pittsburgh, Leaves Lamar Jackson In The Dust

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JuJu Smith-Schuster is returning to the Pittsburgh Steelers on a one-year deal, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. It’s a bit of a surprise to see that Smith-Schuster also reportedly took “significantly less money” to return to the team after a hard push from the Jets and Ravens.

So much for every receiver wanting to play with Lamar. Is this anything for Baltimore to worry about? I think so.

It helps to have the TikTok star on board for what’s likely the last hurrah for future Hall of Fame quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. But the biggest stories here are how the Jets whiffed with a better offer and that the Steelers star receiver passed on Baltimore.

Is this pivot back to a 39-year-old Big Ben for less money any indication of what receivers around the league think of Lamar Jackson? That’s actually likely, even though they won’t admit it publicly. After all, JuJu’d presumably receive more money in Baltimore or New York–yet he chose to be part of Ben Roethlisberger’s going away tour instead. Sounds like he doesn’t believe in Lamar.

How often do we return to our old jobs, leaving several more lucrative offers on the table? When that happens, there’s something wrong with the new gig. The New York Jets and Baltimore Ravens scare star receivers to the point that they’re leaving money on the table to sign elsewhere, and that should worry those franchises.

According to league executives, this receivers market is “incredibly slow,” so we’ll see where the rest of these receivers land. Let’s keep our eyes on Baltimore.

Written by Gary Sheffield, Jr

Gary Sheffield Jr is the son of should-be MLB Hall of Famer, Gary Sheffield. He covers basketball and baseball for OutKick.com, chats with the Purple and Gold faithful on LakersNation, and shitposts on Twitter. You can follow him at GarySheffieldJr

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  1. All that franchise arrogance must be worth something. We just got our QB and WR to take a discount.

    Juju is wise here, he’ll have another good season and make a ton of cash next year when the salary cap recovers.

  2. JuJu is solid, probably a top 20-25 receiver, but any team that pays him 15+ mil a year on a multi year deal is insane. His stats have cratered once the AB double teams stopped. I guess we’ll see what his market truly is next year

  3. I wonder how many years the Jets and Ravens offered? I bet he’s thinking how much more cap money will be floating around year after next with full stands and the new TV/Streaming money deal.

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