The Pittsburgh Steelers and ‘hold in’ receiver Diontae Johnson were able to reach an agreement on Thursday that was beneficial to both parties. Pittsburgh gets Johnson at a slightly below market value price, and Johnson gets some clarity, and security as to where he’s going to be for the next three seasons.
Johnson becomes the 18th highest paid receiver in the NFL after agreeing to what has been said is an entirely new 3 year contract. The deal will pay Johnson nearly 40 million with 27 guaranteed. He will also receive 19 million this season. Today following practice Johnson caught up with the media to discuss his new contract.
““I’m not worried about what everybody else is making,” Johnson said “God got me at the end of the day. This is the right deal for me.”
In each of his first three seasons, Diontae Johnson has:
– Increased his yardage per game
– Increased his receptions per game
– Increased his total amount of TDs
Also from 2020 to 2021, he’s lowered his drop rate from 9% to 3%, per PFR. This is a player on the rise.
— Daniel Valente (@StatsGuyDaniel) August 3, 2022
It had been rumored for months that Johnson was seeking 20 million per year, and some even believed that his asking price had risen once other receivers signed massive deals throughout the spring, and in the past two weeks. But clearly Johnson wasn’t paying as much attention to the rest of the league as those in the media.
When Johnson was asked how long he was willing to ‘hold in’ and not participate in team drills.
“I felt like I took the right deal,” Johnson said to 93.7 The Fan Pittsburgh. “I’m not worried about what everyone else is making.The market is up there, but God has something for me at the end of the day. This is the right deal for me. I prayed about it. I’m good.”
Johnson was asked if the Steelers upped their offer to get the deal done.
“It was the offer they gave me and stuck with. I was able to get a little more, but I’m cool with it. I’m happy and ready to play,” Johnson stated.
After signing his contract this morning, Johnson was back on the field for practice in pads this afternoon.
— Christopher Carter (@CarterCritiques) August 4, 2022
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