Sam Darnold
Sam Darnold and Juju Smith-Schuster at USC. (Brian Rothmuller/Getty Images)

With how the season is going for the New York Jets, they could end up with the first overall pick in the 2021 NFL draft. If that happens, Clemson University quarterback Trevor Lawrence may be in, and Sam Darnold may be thrown out of New York. However, the Jets letting go of Darnold could be beneficial for another AFC team.

Recently Steelers’ Pro-Bowl receiver Juju Smith-Schuster was interviewed and asked about his former college quarterback.

“That’s my guy man. Sam Darnold, If we could get him to Pittsburgh, I would. But I love Ben [Roethlisberger], so it is what it is. I’m just saying he’s a great kid. I played with him so he’s one of my boys so I wouldn’t mind playing with him again.”

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Obviously, this is not a slight on the performance of Smith-Schuster’s current QB, rather a possible glimpse into the future for the Steelers organization after Big Ben Roethlisberger.

Currently, Big Ben is 38-years-old and only has two years left on his contract. Although he stated that he could go for several more years, there is some doubt if weather or not Ben could play past 40. Coincidently Sam Darnold could be a free agent as early as 2022. The same year as the end of Roethlisberger’s contract.

“I played with Sam Darnold in college and he was a great player, led us to a Rose Bowl. There’s no doubt that he has that ‘it’ factor in him. The NFL’s a lot different now, schemes and all that other stuff so I think that it just takes time. I think his time is coming soon. Right now, I think it’s tough.” 


If the Pittsburgh Steelers could land Sam Darnold in free agency, it would benefit Darnold and Smith-Schuster. Darnold would be getting a solid offensive line and an excellent defense. Smith Schuster, on the other hand, would be getting a young and familiar franchise quarterback. The last time the two played together, Smith-Schuster caught 70 passes for 914 yards and 10 TDs. If they could rekindle their connection in the NFL, the Pittsburgh Steelers could have a dangerous duo for years to come.