Eagles Connected To JuJu Smith-Schuster As Free Agency Target

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The Philadelphia Eagles season ended in ugly fashion, as they were dominated by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in their Wild Card matchup. The Eagles trailed 31-0 heading into the fourth quarter before scoring two touchdowns late to make it 31-15.

While the postseason performance was disappointing, this was a good season overall for the Eagles. Last year at this time they were facing backlash for essentially tanking the final week of the regular season to improve their draft position. It led to head coach Doug Pederson getting fired, but the team is in a great position now.

They went 9-8 in the regular season and have some money to spend in the offseason. Armed with three first-round picks in the 2022 NFL Draft as well, the Eagles could have some big additions to their roster for next season.

One position that could certainly use a boost is the wide receiver position. While Jalen Hurts needs to make some improvements in the passing game, improving the weapons that he is throwing the ball to would certainly help.

The only reliable wide receiver that he had this season was rookie DeVonta Smith, who broke an Eagles record for receiving yards by a rookie. Jalen Reagor and J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, who was picked ahead of Justin Jefferson and D.K. Metcalf in their respective drafts has not lived up to expectations.

So far so good when it comes to Smith snapping that streak. But, he certainly needs some help out there. Over at Bleacher Report, they believe the Eagles could find some help in the form of JuJu Smith-Schuster.

Smith-Schuster has spent his entire five-year career with the Pittsburgh Steelers and would like to remain with the team. However, he may not be in the Steelers’ long-term plans as they have Dionte Johnson and Chase Claypool ahead of Smith-Schuster on the depth chart.

If he moves on, the Eagles present a good opportunity for him. His skillset would work well over the middle and in the slot while Smith is working on the perimeter outside the numbers.

JuJu Smith-Schuster has struggled to replicate the success he had as the No. 2 option behind Antonio Brown, but there is still certainly plenty of talent to work with there. At 25-years of age, he could form a long-term duo with Smith for Hurts, or whoever is under center for the Eagles, to throw to for years to come.