JuJu Smith-Schuster leaves Chiefs in dust for AFC rival
JuJu Smith-Schuster would be a great weapon for Duck Prescott. Mandatory credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
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The Kansas City Chiefs lost JuJu Smith-Schuster to the New England Patriots. Mac Jones has a new weapon in what could be a critical season for him.
This will likely be the last season for Mack Jones to establish himself in the colors of the New England Patriots. That’s what makes it all the more important that Bill Belichick and company give him some decent guns for a change.
Jacoby Meyers looked like a capable threat at times last season, but he left in free agency for the Las Vegas Raiders, reuniting with Josh McDaniels.
To replace Myers, the Pats signed former Steelers and Chiefs wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster. JuJu spent last season with Patrick Mahomes, where his value swelled from a year that proved to be a bargain to become one of the best wide prospects in this offseason market.
WR JuJu Smith-Schuster is expected to sign with the New England Patriots, sources say. First reported by @TaylorBisciotti
The Chiefs tried to keep the receiver, but it went to New England.
— Diana Rossini (@diannaESPN) March 15, 2023
The contract actually wasn’t that bad, all things considered. Spotrac had a Smith-Schuster net worth of about $14 million a season. The Patriots will pay him $11 million.
Compensation update: The Patriots and Jojo Smith-Schuster have reached an agreement on a three-year, $33 million deal with $22.5 million earned within the first two years of the deal, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 15, 2023
JuJu Smith-Schuster leaves the Chiefs for the Patriots
For Kansas City, that means they will have to look for a replacement for Smith-Schuster. There’s a chance they already have one on the roster, as Skyy Moore came through really well at the end of last season. The smart money is in KC by either drafting another wide in the first few rounds, or signing one on the free agent market.
The good news for KC general manager Brett Veach is that they can now afford to keep Mecole Hardman, if they so choose. Hardeman is still available, but teams like the Washington Chiefs who have a connection to the Chiefs — Eric Bienemy is Ron Rivera’s new offensive coordinator — could attack him.
JuJu made the smart decision to play MVP in soccer last season. I paid a lot of time.