Pro Bowl wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster has agreed to terms with the Pittsburg Steelers and he will stay in Pittburgh for at least one more season. Smith-Schuster. who became a free agent this offseason, signed a one-year deal with the Steelers that will net him $8 million nex season.
Smith-Schuster had more lucrative offers from the Kansas City Chiefs and Baltimore Ravens but his heart is in Pittsburgh so he decided to take a pay cut in order to stay with the Steelers. Smith-Schuster, who was selected in the second round of the 2017 NFL draft by the Steelers, made his lone Pro Bowl in 2018.
Last season, Smith-Schuster had 97 receptions, enough for 831 yards and nine touchdowns. It wasn't the greatest season for Smith-Schuster, who will be hoping to perform much better in 2021.
Smith-Schuster excited to stay with the Steelers
''This is my home, they’re gonna need a wrecking ball to take me outta here!
PITTSBURGH I LOVE YOU, LET’S GO!'' Smith-Schuster wrote in a Twitter post. Meanwhile, the Steelers also signed offensive tackle Zach Banner to a two-year deal, worth just under $10 million. Banner received just over $3 million in signing bonus in his new deal.
''That was a big part of it, getting the chunk upfront”, Banner said of the signing bonus, for both sides. “It’s one of those situations where I want to be here. It was a mutual understanding for not only myself but the team.
It just really worked out that way.' ' Banner suggested the Steelers wanted to sign him to even a longer deal. “It was looking like a couple [years]. At first we were talking about one, and then they were talking about three and then we met in the middle and just really understood the business behind it”, Banner added.
Banner also suggested that he preffered most a one-year deal so he could earn a big contract next season. “This is still an ‘earn it’ contract. This isn’t it”, Banner insisted. Banner hopes to stay healthy going forward.
“This isn’t just something that I want to stop at”, the four-year veteran said. “I want to play for a while, but I want to play. So what’s the easiest thing for me to do, is stay home, stay where I play the best, and put the things on film that I was going to do before I was injured”.