The deal includes $27 million guaranteed for Diontae Johnson.
After a week of waiting in training camp with the Pittsburgh Steelers, the wide receiver and team have reached a two-year extension that averages $18.355 million per year, sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Kimberley Martin.
The deal, worth up to $39.5 million if it hits the incentives, includes $27 million guaranteed. Diontae Johnson, who is in the final year of his rookie contract, will become a free agent in 2025.RELATED
“It was a relief for me,” Johnson agreed with a smile. “To be able to do it, to be able to go out with my brothers again is a blessing. I’m happy.”
Diontae Johnson reported that the Steelers offered him the contract Wednesday night, and after praying and speaking with his agent, teammates and family, he decided to sign the contract Thursday morning. It is a three-year contract, including this year with the extension of two more.
The 26-year-old Johnson was the last to agree to a deal from the 2019 wide receiver draft class after Deebo Samuel and DK Metcalf both earned extensions earlier in training camp. Johnson noted that he was prepared to hold out until Week 1 if the two sides couldn’t come to an agreement.
The extension with the Steelers includes a $27 million guarantee for Diontae Johnson. AP
“I felt like the time was right,” Johnson said of signing his contract. “I’m ready to go back, get this train rolling.”
Diontae Johnson didn’t get the same kind of monster extensions that many of his fellow wide receivers did in 2019, some of whom got deals worth around $25 million a year, but the Steelers receiver isn’t bitter.
DK Metcalf and the Seattle Seahawks agreed to a three-year extension worth $72 million last week, while Deboo Samuel and the San Francisco 49ers agreed to a three-year extension worth $73.5 million on Sunday, sources said. to Schefter.
“You see the numbers, but I wasn’t trying to look into everybody’s pockets,” Johnson agreed. “They deserve it. At the end of the day, I can’t control what they’re going through. I’m just worried about what I’m going through. We were able to think of something, and I’m happy we were able to sit at the table and do something.”
Days before agreeing to the extension, general manager Omar Khan reiterated that the team wanted Johnson to remain a Steeler.
“We love Diontae and we’re excited to have Diontae as part of this team,” Khan said Tuesday. “We expect him to be a Steeler for a long time.”
Johnson, who reported to training camp on time, has been participating in individual drills and working one-on-one with a staff member during team periods. Little by little he has participated in more periods with throws from quarterbacks, but on Thursday he fully returned to practice.
“He’s an important piece,” coach Mike Tomlin said. “He did a good job of staying connected throughout the process. His train left the station today. I imagine it won’t be much of a transition in terms of him catching up. I know he was excited about the job.”
Diontae Johnson led the Steelers with 1,161 yards on 107 receptions last season and scored eight touchdowns as now-retired quarterback Ben Roethlisberger’s favorite target.
By signing Johnson to just a two-year extension, the team secures its primary focus for the immediate future while retaining flexibility for the long term. The shorter deal reflects a similar approach taken by the team this offseason in signing quarterback Mitch Trubisky, right tackle Chukwuma Okorafor and inside linebacker Myles Jack, among others.