5 free agents that could bolster New Orleans Saints offense in 2022
4. JuJu Smith-Schuster
There was a time where JuJu Smith-Schuster was considered to be one of the best wide receivers in the league and while he’s still been a solid weapon, he’s not one of the best in the league to do what he does. Maybe a change of scenery could do wonders for Smith-Schuster, who has been surrounded by some top-notch weapons in the Steel City.
This year, Smith-Schuster was injured after five games and prior to his injury, he wasn’t making that big of an impact for the Steelers. He had just 15 catches for 129 yards and failed to find the end zone during that five-game stretch.
The season prior, however, Smith-Schuster hauled in 97 receptions for 831 yards and nine touchdowns. He didn’t end up taking full advantage of free agency, instead opting to return to Pittsburgh on a one-year deal, which didn’t pan out.
In New Orleans, JuJu Smith-Schuster would only play second fiddle to Michael Thomas (assuming he’s still on the team next year) so the opportunities would absolutely be there for him to shine. One might think that the former USC product would be out of New Orleans’ price range, but last year, Smith-Schuster signed a one-year deal worth $8 million.
Considering he signed that type of deal after a 97-reception season, he’ll be much more of a bargain after appearing in just five games in 2021.