JuJu Smith-Schuster fought his back onto the field at the end of last season just to lose in the Wild Card Round. The Pittsburgh Steelers were defeated by the Kansas City Chiefs in blowout fashion. Smith-Schuster then headed into free agency, where his market was surprisingly little. It was announced yesterday that he would be signing a one-year deal worth $10.75 million with the Chiefs for this upcoming season.
When asked about the fanbase that the Chiefs had, he said, “It’s good to be on the other side, finally. I think for myself, I love Pittsburgh, the fanbase is amazing there. They took me in for about five years and obviously coming into this year, although playing my last game with Pittsburgh in Arrowhead and starting off my new season in Arrowhead, it’s going to be unbelievable. I’ve heard the fanbase is amazing, so I can’t wait to embrace them.”
Not only is the fanbase incredible, but the success has been there lately. Mostly because of their trio that features Patrick Mahomes, Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce. Kansas City has won their division for six years straight now. They have also hosted the AFC Championship game for four straight years. JuJu said that the Chiefs were so close to signing him a year ago before he took on a one-year deal with the Steelers. Andy Reid even texted him directly that year to try and reel him in.
Why Did JuJu Smith-Schuster Sign Here?
JuJu was then asked about what it would be like to catch passes from Mahomes. To which he responded with, “It was a big part of the process. You go into free agency, and you find out who’s going to be throwing you the ball next year. It came down to Pat and I’m excited. I’m happy with my decision. You come into a team where they’ve got guys who can stretch the field. Guys that have been here doing it for quite some time now.”
“For me, I made the decision to come here to win. I’m all about winning. I’m all about what I can do to help the team and produce. This year you’ll see that. You’ll see that obviously they have Tyreek, Travis and Mecole and all those guys; they’ll still make their plays. And the plays that I do get, I’ll want to make them, too. Like I said, I’m here to win.”
We are going to see if JuJu is able to do just that, win. While he consistently made it into the playoff with the Steelers, they didn’t win a championship like he had hoped. The Chiefs look primed for another Super Bowl run this season.
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