Diontae Johnson: I took the right deal for me



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Steeler’s 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.



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