Richard Sherman Pokes Fun at Juju Smith-Schuster, Chiefs for Bizarre 1-Year Contract

After losing the AFC Championship to Joe Burrow and the Cincinnati Bengals, the Kansas City Chiefs entered the 2022 offseason in search of further weapons. The plan? Surround Patrick Mahomes with even more weapons and score their way back to the Super Bowl.

The Chiefs were in contact with a few free-agent wide receivers this offseason. However, they ultimately settled on a player they had significant interest in last offseason. They landed former Pittsburgh Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster on a one-year deal worth up to $10.75 million.

At face value, that’s a solid contract for Smith-Schuster. However, upon a second glance, it’s far less favorable toward the veteran receiver.

JuJu Smith-Schuster’s one-year contract is actually quite small

Thanks to some investigative work by Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio, it was revealed that Smith-Schuster’s contract is actually a one-year deal worth $3.2.5 million with up to $7.5 million in incentives.

Obviously, that’s a massive difference from the initially reported $10.75 million number.

It was spoon fed both to ESPN and NFL Media as a one-year, $10.75 million deal. The truth is lower than that.

A lot lower.

The deal has a base value of only $3.25 million, per a source with knowledge of the deal. Of that amount, only $2.49 million is fully guaranteed at signing.

He gets a signing bonus of $1.455 million and a fully-guaranteed base salary of $1.035 million. The rest of the base package comes from a workout bonus ($250,000) and per-game roster bonuses ($30,000 per game, or up to $510,000).

The deal includes $7.5 million in incentives, at least $2 million of which hinge on the Chiefs at least getting to the AFC Championship.

Mike Florio, Pro Football Talk

Legendary DB Richard Sherman chimes in on Juju Smith-Schuster’s (bad) contract

Now that the cat is out of the bag on the actual number behind Smith-Schuster’s contract, the critics will start pouring in. That’s a really small salary for a player who had significant options around the league this offseason.

Legendary DB Richard Sherman added his opinion on Twitter, jokingly mocking Juju’s agent for negotiating a bad contract. Despite the added “Jk lmao” at the end, Sherman has a point. It’s a poorly worked contract for a 25-year-old wide receiver hitting free agency for the first time.

Seeing what guys like Christain Kirk, Cedrick Wilson, Allen Robinson, and Chris Godwin got, it’s hard to fathom Smith-Schuster only being worth $3.25 million in base salary.

The Chiefs flexed their winning history

New Chiefs WR JuJu Smith-Schuster.
JuJu Smith-Schuster | Joe Sargent/Getty Images

Ultimately speaking, it’s clear that Smith-Schuster wanted to land in Kansas City due to their winning history. Props to him for that — plenty of NFL players would rather make money than win playoff games.

The Chiefs were able to sell this vision to Smith-Schuster to convince him to take a small salary, simultaneously helping Kansas City stay under the salary cap.

Smith-Schuster will likely meet most of his incentives playing with Mahomes in the scoring-heavy Chiefs offense. However, all it takes is for one injury for all that incentive money to go down the drain. It was undoubtedly a huge gamble to take on Juju’s end of things.

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