The Jacksonville Jaguars have a couple of building blocks in wide receivers DJ Chark Jr. and Laviska Shenault Jr., but they could solidify their wide receiver corps by adding a playmaker this offseason. There will be a few enticing options in the draft, but they could also sign one in free agency. If that’s the route they want to take, should they target JuJu Smith-Schuster?
Smith-Schuster is scheduled to become a free agent, and the Pittsburgh Steelers may have a hard time keeping him because they are projected to be $35.1 million over the cap. Meanwhile, the ‘Jags’ will have cap space in abundance and could sign the wide receiver without hindering their ability to add more players.
Maurice Moton of Bleacher Report believes this could happen, and although there may be better receivers in the open market, the Jaguars shouldn’t discard the possibility of locking up Smith-Schuster. After all, he showed he can play at a high level when he hauled in 111 receptions for 1,426 yards and seven touchdowns in 2018.
Even though Smith-Schuster hasn’t had another 1,000-yard season, he got close as a rookie when he caught 58 for 917 receiving yards. He also had a solid output last season, hauling 97 receptions for 831 yards and nine touchdowns. The numbers are there, it’s up to the Jaguars to make a move.
Should the Jacksonville Jaguars pursue JuJu Smith-Schuster?
The California native would certainly be an upgrade over Keelan Cole, but the Jaguars need to give this one a thought. Players can behave the way they want off the field as long as it doesn’t become a distraction, which is precisely when Smith-Schuster’s dancing routing got the spotlight last season.
Besides, if this Jacksonville team really wants to upgrade their wide receiver corps, they could sign someone like Allen Robinson in the open market or target Kadarius Toney with the 25th overall pick. They could also stay put and re-sign Cole.
Smith-Schuster will get a contract in free agency, one that reflects his value as a receiver. However, the Jaguars have plenty of options and might ultimately opt to target someone else this offseason.