Pittsburgh Steelers, Hold-in WR Diontae Johnson agree to two-year contract extension

PITTSBURGH — Diontae Johnson got her deal.

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. Johnson, who is in the final year of his rookie contract, will become a free agent in 2025.

The 26-year-old Johnson was the last remaining retainer from the 2019 wide receiver draft class after Deebo Samuel and DK Metcalf earned extensions earlier in training camp.

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. He has gradually been involved in more stints throwing quarterbacks, but he’s expected to fully join the team in training camp practices with the full treatment of him.

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.

Metcalf and the Seattle Seahawks agreed to a three-year extension worth $72 million last week, while Samuel and the San Francisco 49ers agreed to a three-year extension worth a maximum of $73.5 million on Sunday, sources said. to Schefter.

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