Juju Smith-Schuster Makes Pitch For J.J. Watt To Join Steelers
By Jason Hall
February 16, 2021
Wide receiver Juju Smith-Schuster commented on an Instagram post shared by Watt's former Houston Texans teammate DeAndre Hopkins, now a member of the Arizona Cardinals, which featured the former Defensive Player of the Year embracing Hopkins in a photoshopped Cardinals uniform with the caption, "Let's finish what we started..."
Smith-Schuster responded to the post with five laughing emojis and a plea for Watt to "come play with your brothers lol," in reference to J.J.'s younger brothers, Steelers outside linebacker T.J. Watt and fullback Derek Watt.
Smith-Schuster is set to test free agency himself next month, so his public recruitment of Watt could be a positive sign toward re-signing with Pittsburgh, where he's spent his entire four-year NFL career.
Earlier this month, the Pro Bowl wide receiver acknowledged that he "would love to come back" to Pittsburgh during an interview with FOX Sports Radio, but said he wants to be on the team that provides him the best opportunity to win while also looking out for his best interests financially.
Watt was granted his release by the Texans on Friday (February 12) after spending his entire 10-year NFL career with the franchise. The 31-year-old won three NFL Defensive Player of the Year awards and was the only player since 1982 to record multiple seasons with 20 or more sacks during an incredible stretch from 2012 and 2015.
T.J. Watt wasted little time recruiting his older brother, quote-tweeting J.J.'s address to Texans fans announcing his release with a gif of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson doing his "Just Bring It" taunt.
The Steelers are reported to be among several teams listed by many as possible destinations for J.J. Watt, which also includes the defending champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Green Bay Packers -- from the Watt family's home state -- and now the rival Cleveland Browns, who sources claim have everything Watt is looking for, according to Cleveland.com.
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