This article is part of our NFL Free Agency series.
This post will keep track of Friday's big free agency news in the NFL. For a comprehensive selection of other NFL offseason content check out our other articles on the subject, including the free agency reports from Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
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-The biggest free agency development Friday was probably JuJu Smith-Schuster returning to Pittsburgh on a one-year deal. Smith-Schuster reportedly was offered slightly more money by Kansas City and Baltimore, but he opted to return to Pittsburgh for another year. Lining up in the slot was a burdensome chore for Smith-Schuster last year, whose injury history isn't alleviated any by the amount of impact-collision blocking he has to do at a position that basically functions like a move tight end in a spread offense. Ben Roethlisberger couldn't release quickly enough or generate enough zip to make quality throws to Smith-Schuster in the congested middle of the field, which explains Diontae Johnson's 144 targets as the designated outside receiver, were there was substantially less traffic. Perhaps teams pay more attention to Johnson in 2021, freeing up Smith-Schuster for better looks than he saw in the prior year, but Johnson's brutal inefficiency from 2020 mostly signals that defenses should keep playing Pittsburgh the same way.
To this point in the month Smith-Schuster had been going 30th among wide receivers (65.26) in