Pittsburgh Steelers and WR Diontae Johnson agree to two-year contract extension

PITTSBURGH — Diontae Johnson got his deal.

After a week of detention at Pittsburgh Steelers training camp, the wide receiver and the team reached a two-year extension averaging $18.355 million a year, sources tell Adam Schefter and Kimberley Martin of ESPN.

The deal, worth up to $39.5 million if it reaches incentives, includes $27 million guaranteed. Johnson, who is in the final year of his rookie contract, will become a free agent in 2025.

Johnson, 26, was the last remaining holdout in the 2019 wide receiver draft class after Deebo Samuel and DK Metcalf got 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 want Diontae, and we’re thrilled to have Diontae on this team,” Khan said on Tuesday. “We hope he stays a Steeler for a long time.”

Johnson, who showed up to training camp on time, participated in individual drills and worked one-on-one with a staff member during team times. He gradually participated in more periods with quarterback pitches, but he will be expected to fully join the team in training camp practices once his contract ends.

Johnson led the Steelers with 1,161 yards on 107 receptions last season and had eight touchdowns as retired quarterback Ben Roethlisberger’s favorite target.

By signing Johnson to an extension of just two years, the team locks in its best weapon for the immediate future while retaining long-term flexibility. The shorter deal reflects a similar approach the team took 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, $72 million extension last week, while Samuel and the San Francisco 49ers agreed to a three-year, $72 million extension on Sunday. maximum value of $73.5 million, sources told Schefter.

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