By Ari Meirov
JuJu Smith-Schuster didn’t get the offers he was anticipating in free agency, and ultimately decided to return to Pittsburgh for less money than what a couple other teams were offering.
The Chiefs were one of the teams offering money and coach Andy Reid got creative in his purusit.
“Andy Reid was just calling me and he was sending me Lombardi Trophy pictures, like constantly,” Smith-Schuster said on The Michael Irvin Podcast. “We had a good talk, so it would have been KC after the Steelers. Like, he texted [Super Bowl Trophy pictures] to me while I was trying to make a decision, and you know I have so much respect for him and his team, so yeah.”
Kansas City offered a one-year deal worth $8 million with another $3 million available in incentives. The Ravens had more on the table than the Steelers and Chiefs, offering a one-year, $9 million deal with another $3.5 million available in incentives.
Schuster decided to stay with the team he’s most familiar with for $8 million, and the hope is to put together a season that will result in a big payday next offseason.
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