Pittsburgh Diontae Johnson Net Worth Boost With A $36 Million Contract
Diontae Johnson, a wide receiver with the Steelers, has agreed to a three-year contract extension, the organization revealed on Thursday.
Pittsburgh withheld the contract's specifics from the public.
Johnson has evolved into the Steelers' go-to receiver in the past two seasons. With 107 receptions for 1,161 yards and eight touchdowns in Ben Roethlisberger's final season in Pittsburgh, he qualified for his first trip to the Pro Bowl in 2021.
In 2020, the wide receiver, who is 26 years old, began to make an impression with 88 catches for 923 yards and seven touchdowns. The third-round pick in 2019 has a career receiving total of 254 receptions on 405 targets for 2,764 yards and 20 touchdowns.
There is no denying how much the Steelers relied on Johnson last year. According to Sports Info Solutions, he finished 2021 second in the league in targets with 171. Only Cooper Kupp (192) of the Rams received more marks.
Johnson, though, only finished 59th among qualified wideouts in terms of receiving percentage (62.6%) and 52nd in terms of passer rating (90.8) when targeted (102 qualified, 40 targets minimum). However, he significantly improved on his drops on more targets from 2020 (15) to 2021 (seven) (144 targets in 2020).
If Johnson were willing to accept what the Steelers offered, Johnson would always be the team's pick. A compromise had to be reached because he wouldn't receive the long-term contract like the other members of his 2019 draft class.
Both parties benefit from the agreement because Johnson received a generous guarantee, and the Steelers are free to release him after the 2024 season.
Additionally, the agreement changes how the Steelers have historically constructed deals under Kevin Colbert. Omar Khan, the new general manager, demonstrated that he is receptive to alternative approaches.
The only other wide receivers to sign multiyear second contracts with the Steelers are Johnson, Hines Ward, and Antonio Brown.