Diontae Johnson: I took the right deal for me

NFL: DEC 09 Steelers at Vikings
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Steelers wide receiver Diontae Johnson got the contract extension he’s been looking for on Thursday.

Johnson is heading into the final year of his rookie contract and agreed to a two-year extension that will keep him in Pittsburgh through the 2024 season. There is $36 million in new money in the deal and Johnson has $27 million of it guaranteed at signing.

That’s not as much as other receivers drafted in 2019 received in recent extensions, but it’s a shorter deal that will give Johnson another bite at the apple if he continues to produce at a high level in Pittsburgh.

“I felt like I took the right deal,” Johnson said, via Joe Rutter of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “I’m not worried about what everybody else is making. . . . You see the numbers. I wasn’t trying to look at everybody’s pockets. They deserve it. I can’t control what they’ve got going on. I’m just worried about what I’ve got going on. I was able to come up with something.”

Johnson had been “holding in” at Steelers training camp while waiting for a contract to come together. That will come to an end now that the deal is done and Johnson’s future with the Steelers has been secured.

4 responses to “Diontae Johnson: I took the right deal for me

  1. Good deal all around. He’s compensated more reasonably than his low rookie salary, Steelers didn’t overpay for his services, and he has a chance to cash in in a couple years if he continues to improve. Khan is off to a good start.

  2. Smart move for the team and the player, but if the rookies this year develop he may not get a big deal in two years, but he is no NKeal Harry and no prima Donna that’s for sure. I think most smart fans would agree he is not top tier but close.

  3. I think the Steelers receivers the past two to three years are tough to evaluate because of Ben’s decline. I think they’re better than they’ve been able to show, but who knows. Seems like he took enough money that he can be set for life even if he never gets another contract, but also set himself up for another decent deal if he continues to perform or even improve with a QB with a better arm.

  4. “Khan believes that the Steelers should be stronger, smarter, and better than regular humans. Khan has convinced me that if I take this deal, I could become immortal “

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