Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster is set to hit free agency for the first time in his career this offseason and should be a hot commodity on the open market.
According to NFL Insider and Braddock’s own John Clayton, the Las Vegas Raiders are a potential suitor.
Joining The PM Team on 93.7 The Fan on Wednesday, Clayton reported that Las Vegas is very interested in the 24-year-old wideout.
The Raiders’ interest in Smith-Schuster makes sense. Adding him to a reviewing core that already includes star tight end Darren Waller and speedster Henry Ruggs would give quarterback Derek Carr a reliable, consistent target.
Smith-Schuster would also provide a toughness to the Las Vegas receiver room, as he is known for his physicality and ability to earn tough yardage after the catch.
Smith-Schuster has expressed a desire to return to Pittsburgh, but that continues to appear increasingly difficult given the franchise’s dire salary cap situation.
Smith-Schuster led the Steelers with 97 receptions in 2020, while also tallying 831 yards and nine touchdowns.
Selected in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft out of USC, Smith-Schuster has 293 receptions, 3,565 yards and 24 touchdowns as a Steeler. He was selected to his first and only Pro Bowl in 2018.