August 11, 2022

Steelers signal star receiver Diontae Johnson to 2 12 months extension value as much as $36 million…with $27m GUARANTEED after a formidable 2021 marketing campaign

  • The wideout posted over 1,100 yards final season, incomes a Professional Bowl spot
  • This extension places Johnson as one of many 20 highest paid receivers within the NFL 
  • As he indicators, a heated battle for the beginning QB spot ensues in Pittsburgh 

Regardless of a scarcity of readability within the quarterback division, whoever wins the battle to turn into the subsequent starter for the Pittsburgh Steelers can have a dependable goal to throw to.

In response to experiences, star receiver Diontae Johnson signed an extension to remain within the Metal Metropolis.

The deal lasts for a reported two years and is value $36.71m, per NFL Network insider Mike Garafolo

That valuation would see Johnson receives a commission $18.3m per season, placing him as one of many 20 greatest paid extensive receivers within the league.

Johnson’s efficiency final season helped push a declining Steelers workforce to a playoff berth within the ultimate season of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger’s profession.

Diontae Johnson’s large step up
Stats  2020  2021
Receptions  88 107 
Targets  144  169 
Yards  923  1,161 
TDs 8
AVG Yards/Catch  10.5  10.9 

He managed his first season with over 1,000 yards receiving and over 100 catches.

That landed the Toledo product his first Professional Bowl choice.

With the departure of receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster, Johnson might see much more cross catching alternatives.

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Nevertheless, the query of who will likely be throwing to him has not been clarified.

A trio of quarterbacks enter coaching camp all vying to be the alternative for the person recognized in western Pennsylvania as ‘Large Ben’.

Former Chicago Bears starter Mitch Trubisky will compete with Mason Rudolph, who took over the Steelers offense in 2019 after an damage knocked Roethlisberger out at first of the season.

The addition of rookie quarterback and College of Pittsburgh product Kenny Pickett has made the choice harder for head coach Mike Tomlin.         

Johnson (18) led Steelers pass catchers last year in all major receiving statistical categories

Johnson (18) led Steelers cross catchers final 12 months in all main receiving statistical classes