Cleveland Browns Cheap Wide Receiver No. 1: JuJu Smith-Schuster
This prediction might be a shocker to you, and trust me, it is just as shocking to me as well, but hear me out on this one.
In a Browns Twitter Space, the other night, somebody (I can’t remember who exactly it was, my apologies) mentioned that JuJu would be a perfect fit in Kevin Stefanski’s offense. He went on to say that JuJu is a bigger body (6-foot-1, 215 pounds) who can separate from defenders, something the current receivers on the Browns roster struggle to do.
Smith will be a lot like Chark as a wait-and-see type of deal, as he is also recovering from an injury. Smith-Schuster suffered a shoulder injury back in October that ended his season. He said recently he is feeling good, so that’s obviously a good sign. He’s set to hit the open market yet again this upcoming offseason after taking a one-year, $8 million deal to return to Pittsburgh, despite having higher offers. The injury likely cost him some money, but that is a good thing if you’re the Browns and in pursuit of him.
Should the Browns elect to move on from Jarvis Landry and his $16 million cap hit, JuJu would be the ideal replacement for him. He can be the guy in the slot to make plays across the middle or around the sideline. One thing that could help Cleveland land JuJu is the likely departure of Ben Roethlisberger.
In the five games he played in this season, JuJu caught 15 passes for 129 yards and no touchdowns. In the previous four seasons, he caught 308 balls for 3,726 yards and 26 touchdowns. He was selected to the Pro Bowl back in 2018, his second season in the league. Much like most of this list, JuJu was selected in the second round of the draft, and he has proven to be worth that pick.
If he could cut his foolish TikTok dances and upsetting the opposing teams, I would not mind seeing him in Brown and Orange.
The Cleveland Browns need to get younger and faster in the wide receiver room, and these are just a few of the cheaper options they could set their sights on.