"At the end of the day, I want to have my legacy in Pittsburgh and retire there," the wide receiver told TMZ Sports. "I don't want to leave."
Smith-Schuster faces an uncertain future with the Steelers, who may not have the salary-cap space to match other potential offers. Pittsburgh has stockpiled young talent at wide receiver in recent years, potentially making Smith-Schuster expendable.
The 24-year-old posted 831 yards and nine touchdowns through the air last season and has gone over 800 yards receiving in three of his four NFL campaigns. The Steelers voted him team MVP in 2018 after he led the club with 1,426 receiving yards.
Free agents can begin negotiating with teams March 15, two days before the market officially opens.