The Kansas City Chiefs signed wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster to a team-friendly one-year deal before the 2022 season..

At the time, it felt like the one-year deal for Smith-Schuster was basically a “tryout deal”.

Smith-Schuster showed during his time with the Pittsburgh Steelers, early in his career, that he can be a Pro-Bowl caliber wide receiver.

But injuries and a less-than-ideal quarterback situation have limited Smith-Schuster’s production in recent years.

The idea was that if Smith-Schuster played well, he might have a long-term future in Kansas City.

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October 23, 2022; Santa Clara, California, USA; Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (9) scores a touchdown against the San Francisco 49ers during the fourth quarter at Levi’s Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

So far this season, Smith-Schuster has looked like a bargain. The former USC standout has 46 receptions for 615 yards and two touchdowns. Over a full season, those numbers extrapolate to 93 receptions for 1,162 yards.

That’s pretty solid.

But it doesn’t mean Smith-Schuster will be in a Chiefs uniform in 2023.

In fact, ESPN insider Mike Tannenbaum, a former NFL general manager, doesn’t think Smith-Schuster will be re-signed by Kansas City.

From ESPN’s Mike Tannebaum:

Smith-Schuster can be productive, but with consistency concerns, an injury history and limited ability to separate downfield, I don’t believe Kansas City will re-sign him.

Smith-Schuster has dealt with some injuries, but it’s not like he’s Will Fuller out there and he’s inactive more than he’s active. He missed 12 games in 2021, but before that, the most games he missed in a season was four in 2019.

I don’t think the Chiefs should give Smith-Schuster a lucrative long-term deal. But if they can get him back on a somewhat team-friendly short-term deal, I definitely think he’s worthy of bringing back in 2023 and 2024.

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