We’re now well into the 2020 NFL season, which means it’s never too early to speculate where potential free agents may land if they leave their current teams. Or at least, I don’t think it’s too early, right? Either way it’s fun to imagine. So what about Pittsburgh Steelers star wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster? His contract is up after this year and Pittsburgh is projected to have the 10th least amount of cap space for 2021, meaning they may not be able to afford to keep the fourth-year wideout. And with the emergence of both Diontae Johnson and Chase Claypool, I don’t think anybody would be surprised if they allow Smith-Schuster to walk. Here are three potential fits if he does.
1. New York Jets
As I’m sure everyone is well aware of based on this season, the Jets are horrible. They rank 32nd in both offensive points and yards, so they could desperately use another quality receiver in addition to Jamison Crowder for Sam Darnold (or Trevor Lawrence) to throw to. New York is projected to have over $83 million in cap space next season so don’t be shocked to see them throw some money around to put a more exciting product on the field in 2021. Virtually anything they do this offseason would be an upgrade over this team, and that includes firing Adam Gase. But hey, that’s neither here nor there.
2. New England Patriots
Jakobi Meyers has been a revelation for the Patriots this season, but with all due respect, he’s not a number one receiver New England can rely on long term. Bill Belichick has shown his commitment to staying competitive in the post-Brady era and the Patriots have the fourth most cap space going into next season, so don’t expect Belichick to stay idle over the offseason. Especially since a bonafide wideout is the biggest hole on this team. As a Patriots fan, I’ve been harping on the lack of weapons Tom Brady and now Cam Newton have had to deal with, and JuJu would be a major upgrade over anyone presently on the roster.
3. Green Bay Packers
The Packers nearly made a move at the trade deadline for Will Fuller, but ownership reportedly was split on whether they should pull the trigger. Don’t be surprised if they go all in this offseason to make one final push for another Super Bowl with Aaron Rodgers if they fall short in the playoffs again this year. At least, that’s what they should do since the clock is ticking with Jordan Love waiting in the wings. Green Bay needs to maximize their championship window with Rodgers as much as they can, and at the moment he’s playing some of the best football he ever has. So capitalize on it, Greem Bay! I dare you.