There seems to be no love lost between new Ravens offensive tackle Alejandro Villanueva and former Steelers teammate JuJu Smith-Schuster.
In his first session with the media after signing a two-year deal with Baltimore, Villanueva seemed to take a shot Smith-Schuster’s TikTok use.
While discussing the Ravens’ running style, the two-time Pro-Bowler said: “When you have a balanced offense, or when you run the ball, it’s obviously better for the offensive line. I’m assuming it’s not as fun for the wide receivers, because they’re not getting all the catches. They’re making the TikToks, and they’re having fun on their social media.”
Although Villanueva didn’t name names, Smith-Schuster, last season, faced backlash for posting TikTok videos that showed him dancing on opposing teams on-field logos. At first, Smith-Schuster addressed the situation and said he wouldn’t stop posting dance videos because he was simply being himself.
He later paused his TikTok use after his family received death threats on social media. Smith-Schuster said he didn’t want to be a “distraction to anybody.” He eventually returned to TikTok with a team dance video following Pittsburgh’s AFC North-clinching victory over Indianapolis.
While it’s unclear if there’s some underlying beef between Villanueva and Smith-Schuster, the new Raven hinted at possible turmoil between him and the Steelers organization.
Villanueva shared with reporters that Pittsburgh — where he started at left tackle the past six seasons — informed him they weren’t interested in retaining him shortly after the season ended.
When asked how he felt, Villanueva replied, “I just think that everybody makes business decisions.”
The 32-year-old agreed to a deal with the rival Ravens reportedly worth $14 million total over two years, with $8 million fully guaranteed. Baltimore added Villanueva to replace right tackle Orlando Brown Jr., who was traded to the Chiefs in late April.
Villanueva first signed with the Steelers in 2014, after being waived by the Eagles. Before entering the league, he was an Army Ranger and served two tours in Afghanistan.