JuJu Smith-Schuster says Chiefs HC Andy Reid texted pics of Lombardi Trophy in free agency pursuit

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The Kansas City Chiefs didn’t land WR JuJu Smith-Schuster during the 2021 NFL free agency period, but it wasn’t for a lack of trying.

According to Smith-Schuster, Chiefs HC Andy Reid went to great lengths to try and get him to join the team. On the latest episode of The Michael Irvin Podcast, Smith-Schuster reveals that he would have signed with the Chiefs had he not decided to re-sign with the Pittsburgh Steelers. He also reveals the method that Reid used during free agency to try and persuade him to sign with Kansas City.

Let’s call it the “Lombardi method.”

“It would’ve been KC,” Schuster said of the team he would have signed with if not the Steelers. “Seeing KC, bro like, Andy Reid was just calling me, he was sending me Lombardi trophy pictures constantly. And we had a good talk, so it would’ve been KC after the Steelers.”

“Yeah, like pictures of the Lombardi like texting it to me while I was trying to make a decision,” Schuster continued. “I have so much respect for him and his team.”

Well, this method didn’t exactly work out the way that Reid had hoped it would. At the end of the day, Smith-Schuster said that re-signing with Pittsburgh was the best situation for him on a one-year deal. If Kansas City could have offered him a multi-year contract, perhaps they could have lured him away from his old team. Who knows, maybe there will be a different result when Smith-Schuster becomes a free agent again in 2022.

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