Washington Football Team: Free agents team could target in 2021
4. WR JuJu Smith-Schuster
Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster may or may not hit free agency next March, but if he becomes available, Washington should do their best to sign him.
Smith-Schuster was chosen in the second round of the 2017 draft out of Southern Cal and he quickly burst onto the scene with a solid rookie campaign. His second season was nothing short of sensational. His production has fallen somewhat during these last two seasons, but Smith-Schuster is still a great receiver.
Smith-Schuster had a season for the ages in 2018, but his production suffered after Antonio Brown was traded to the Raiders prior to the 2019 season. He had to become the No. 1 receiver and the reality of more coverage schemes to thwart his overall production limited his success last year.
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If the WFT could steal him in the upcoming offseason, Smith-Schuster could see a significant uptick in his production once again. Just imagine this scenario on passing downs next year: Terry McLaurin, Smith-Schuster, Curtis Samuel, Kelvin Harmon, and Antonio Gibson are on the field. It’s scary for defenses and it is a pleasant scenario for WFT fans.
Smith-Schuster will probably sign a very handsome contract next spring, but it is unlikely that he will haul in a deal that matches the elite receivers of the league. It’s possible for him to ink a contract that pays him $15 million a season.
However, if the WFT can sign Smith-Schuster to a deal that pays him around $12 million to $14 million a season, you make that commitment. A $15 million deal should be the limit though. He doesn’t turn 24 until next month.
Admittedly, the chances of JJSS playing in a Washington uniform next year are slim, but there is a chance it could actually happen.