JuJu Smith-Schuster predicted to sign with Washington in free agency

As Washington looks to land a running mate for Terry McLaurin, JuJu Smith-Schuster has been tabbed as a free agency signing for them

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JuJu Smith-Schuster had a breakout season in 2018 (111 receptions for 1,426 yards) and a rough 2019 as the Steelers were without Ben Roethlisberger (42 catches for 552 yards). In 2020, he was somewhere in between (97 receptions for 831 yards and seven touchdowns). He’s also a free agent, and the Steelers’ cap issues may lead to his departure for greener pastures.

Smith-Schuster will garner plenty of interest on the free agent market. The New York Jets and Las Vegas Raiders are possible suitors being mentioned. The Indianapolis Colts and Miami Dolphins make some sense too. But there’s another team that makes a lot of sense, and that team may make the most sense for Smith-Schuster.

In his piece outlining landing spots for free agents, with a fantasy football tilt, Mike Tagliere of Fantasy Pros predicted the Washington Football Team will sign Smith-Schuster.

JuJu Smith-Schuster is a great fit for Washington

Catching passes from Dwayne Haskins, Kyle Allen, Alex Smith and Taylor Heinicke last season, Terry McLaurin had 87 catches for 1,118 yards and four touchdowns. Over his first two seasons, he has 145 catches for 2,037 yards. Washington has to figure out their quarterback situation this offseason. But they have the cap space ($38.27 million right now, according to Over The Cap) to also upgrade at wide receiver.

Richard Sherman candidly pointed to Washington’s inability to find a capable No. 2 wide receiver.

“If he had anybody else beside him and they couldn’t just double him and cloud him all the time, he’d be special,” Sherman said on “The Cris Collinsworth Podcast,” via Zach Brook of 106.7 The Fan. “But that’s the hard thing; they can’t find anybody else.”

Cam Sims was the second most productive wide receiver for Washington in 2020 (32 receptions for 477 yards). He also didn’t play more than 10 percent of the offensive snaps in a game before Week 7.

Smith-Schuster had his aforementioned best season (2018) as a second fiddle to Antonio Brown in Pittsburgh. McLaurin is the No. 1 guy for Washington, so Smith-Schuster can slide right into a role that seems ideal for him to thrive. At the ages they are, McLaurin will turn 26 in September and Smith-Schuster will still (!) only be 25 in November, Washington could have one of the best wide receiver duos in the league for years to come.

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