Financial details of JuJu Smith-Schuster’s new contract with the Steelers have been reported, and Pittsburgh appears to be pushing money into the future once again.
The one-year, $8 million deal contains a $7 million signing bonus with a $1 million base salary for 2021. It also includes four voidable years, which lowers his cap hit for this upcoming season to just $1.6 million.
JuJu Smith-Schuster's one-year contract with the #Steelers includes a $7 million signing bonus, a $1 million base salary and four voidable years, lowering his 2021 cap number to $1.6M. Making it work for cap-strapped Pittsburgh.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) March 19, 2021
Having entered free agency with some of the slimmest salary cap margins in the league, the Steelers were only able to fir Smith-Schuster in by spreading salary four years into the future.
While Smith-Schuster could be gone next offseason, the salary cap is expected to balloon in 2022 with the NFL’s new media rights deal, meaning the future money will far less of a burden.
Pittsburgh already had pushed money into the future in new deals for quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and cornerback Cameron Sutton, and are now on the hook for $18 million in voidable years alone.