The Pittsburgh Steelers and wide receiver Diontae Johnson have agreed to a two-year extension worth $36.71 million. While he was holding out of training camp the two sides worked to get a deal done. This has been the offseason of wide receiver extensions and trades. The Johnson deal is shorter than the others and allows him to enter free agency again after the 2024 season. He will likely be the team’s number one wide receiver for the remainder of his current deal. Now he can return to training camp and get ready for the regular season.
Steelers and Diontae Johnson reached agreement on a two-year deal that averages $18.355 million per year, per @ByKimberleyA and me.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 4, 2022
Last season with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Diontae Johnson caught 107 passes for 1,161 yards and eight touchdowns on 169 targets. He also rushed the ball five times for 53 yards. With quarterback Ben Roethlisberger retired, the Pittsburgh Steelers are in a new era. The expectation is that eventually, Kenny Pickett will be the starter, but for now, it looks like it will be Mitchell Trubisky under center. Johnson is a consistent and talented wide receiver that the team needs to continue to compete in the AFC North.
Diontae Johnson had 1,161 rec yards and 8 rec TD last season
The only WRs to exceed each of those totals:
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— NFL on CBS ? (@NFLonCBS) August 4, 2022
Pittsburgh has young talent across the roster and can build the team into a Super Bowl contender over the course of Diontae Johnson’s new contract. The wide receiver market has been fully reset this offseason and now it seems like the guys eligible have gotten the deals they wanted. Now teams prepare for the preseason and then the regular season.