The Pittsburgh Steelers have some big-time decisions to make after the 2020 season comes to a close.
One of them is whether to extend a multiyear contract to wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster. He will be playing on the fourth and final year of his rookie deal this season.
The Steelers often negotiate contracts the season before they expire. However, with the uncertainty of the 2021 salary cap, so goes the timeline for banging out deals.
2019 isn’t an ideal season in which to assess the future of Smith-Schuster for several reasons. He missed four games and parts of others with toe and knee injuries and a concussion, which hampered his production.
When JuJu was in the game, it appeared he wasn’t adjusting well to life on the field without Antonio Brown. Oh, and Ben Roethlisberger was out for the season. As a result, he produced a third of the yards he did in 2018.
Before contract talks can commence, the Steelers will expect that Smith-Schuster not only adjusts to his surrounding wide receiver corp but bounces back overall.
Recently, I took a look at the reasons why Pittsburgh will not re-sign JJSS. Now it’s time to look at the other side.
Here are six reasons why the Steelers should re-sign JuJu Smith-Schuster:
(Salary information courtesy of Spotrac)