The Steelers are in a precarious spot at wide receiver as it stands. With James Washington and JuJu Smith-Schuster both free agents, there could be turnover in this room. However, while Washington leaving is almost as certain as anything, Smith-Schuster staying was thought to be plausible. After all, he expressed his desire to come back to Pittsburgh this offseason once again.
However, Smith-Schuster is interested in joining the Chiefs, according to a report by Aaron Wilson of Pro Football Network.
“Now that quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has retired, Smith-Schuster is interested in potentially joining the Chiefs again,” Wilson wrote. “It’s no secret in NFL circles with multiple league sources saying Smith-Schuster hopes to join the Chiefs as a free agent and has expressed that desire.”
The Chiefs lofted an offer out there for Smith-Schuster in last year’s free agency. It was, at the very least, somewhat equal to what the Steelers were offering. It was a one-year deal for $8 million, but with $3 million in incentives to bump that up even more.
Now, after a season with a dislocated shoulder and missing most of the season, it will be interesting to see where Smith-Schuster’s market lands in terms of figures. The salary cap is anything but depressed, but Smith-Schuster’s prove-it deal did nothing to boost his stock, either.