The beginning of the offseason ahead of the 2022 NFL year is just around the corner and already there’s buzz-building at the potential players to hit the free agency market. One most recently is Steelers wide receiver Juju Smith-Schuster. Smith-Schuster, at a recent promotional event being held at the Star facility, told reporters when asked about Dak Prescott:
““He’s a great quarterback. Catching balls from him in a facility like this, I wouldn’t mind it.Juju Smith-Schuster
With the rumors swirling around current Cowboys wide receiver Amari Cooper possibly becoming a cap causality, as well as other Cowboys wide receivers set to hit free agency in 2022 (Michael Gallup, Malik Turner, Cedrick Wilson, and Noah Brown), Juju Smith-Schuster could become a solid pickup for the Cowboys should they attempt to make a play for some receiver help in free agency. Per Spotrac.com, should Cooper be cut from the team ahead of next season, the Cowboys could save $16 million against the cap. There have also been talks of moving on from defensive lineman Demarcus Lawerence too though that would only net the Cowboys an $8 million savings.
Some may be down on bringing the Steelers wideout to Dallas especially after some of his social media antics turned fans sour against him. Smith-Schuster was seen dancing on opponent logos in the middle of the field during pregame warm-ups and posting the clips to Tiktok, for example, like he did when the Steelers played against the Bills in 2020. And if you’re a Cowboys fan, you already know that the Cowboys don’t need any added attention brought to them as one of the NFL’s most hated teams as it is.
Should the Cowboys bring in Smith-Schuster, I’d bet my bottom dollar they would tell him to relax on those kinds of things heading into the new season. Juju Smith-Schuster would also benefit from putting his head down and grinding his way back to NFL stardom. After a solid rookie season where he posted 917 receiving yards and seven touchdowns (while averaging 15.8 y/a) and breaking out the following season in 2018 with a 111/1,426/7 line, it has been rather up and down between poor quarterback play and injuries since.
Still, Smith-Schuster is just 25 years old and has plenty of NFL skill left, he can still be a good addition to the Cowboys and should be on the cheaper side considering the other talent hitting free agency like Chris Godwin and Davante Adams, and if the Cowboys are unable to keep Michael Gallup or others from leaving. The Cowboys have some thinking to do this coming offseason. We’ll have to wait and see what happens next.