Pro Bowler Diontae Johnson Signs To Massive New Deal With Steelers

By Jason Hall

August 4, 2022

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Pro Bowl wide receiver Diontae Johnson has signed a contract extension with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

NFL Network's Mike Garafolo initially reported the two-year, $36.71 million deal, which includes a guaranteed $27 million.

"The #Steelers and WR Diontae Johnson have agreed on a two-year, $36.71 million extension, source says," Garafolo tweeted. "The sides worked last night and this morning to end his hold-in with a shorter deal than we’ve seen from others that allows him to be a free agent again after the 2024 season.

"The #Steelers guaranteed $27 million of the deal and Johnson receives $19 million in Year 1. He gets financial security, the team keeps him at a good number, he can cash in again soon and he’s back on the practice field today to work with Trubisky and Pickett. Situation resolved."

The Steelers later confirmed Johnson's extension with a photo of the wide receiver signing his new contract shared on their verified Twitter account.

Johnson is coming off a career season in which he set new personal bests for receptions (107), receiving yards (1,161) and touchdowns (8).

The former Toledo standout was selected by Pittsburgh at No. 66 overall in the third-round of the 2019 NFL Draft and was selected as a second-team All-Pro punt returner, recording 248 yards and a touchdown on 20 attempts during his rookie season.

Johnson is the latest in a line of young receivers that have received big extensions this offseason.

On Monday (August 1), Deebo Samuel officially signed a three-year contract extension worth up to $73.5 million with the San Francisco 49ers.

All-Pro receiver Davante Adams signed a five-year deal worth up to $142.5 million (including $67.5 million guaranteed and an annual average of $28.5 million paid) upon being acquired by the Las Vegas Raiders in a trade with the Green Bay Packers last month.

Adams' deal was the largest contract given to a non-quarterback in NFL history, prior to Tyreek Hill signing a four-year, $120 million deal with the Miami Dolphins after being acquired in a trade with the Kansas City Chiefs one week after Adams' trade.

Hill's contract includes a record $30 million annual salary, as well as $72.2 million guaranteed and $52.535 million at signing, ESPN reports.

Other notable offseason wide receiver deals include Stefon Diggs' four-year, $104 million extension with the Buffalo Bills; Christian Kirk signing with the Jacksonville Jaguars for four years, $72 million; Mike Williams re-signing with the Los Angeles Chargers for three years, $60 million; Chris Godwin re-signing with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for three years, $60 million; and A.J Brown signed a four-year, $100 million extension upon being acquired by the Philadelphia Eagles in a trade with the Tennessee Titans; and Terry McLaurin signed a three-year deal extension with the Washington Commanders worth up to $70 million.

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