Pittsburgh Steelers, hold-in WR Diontae Johnson agree to two-year contract extension

PITTSBURGH — Diontae Johnson got his deal.

After a week-long hiatus at Pittsburgh Steelers training camp, the wide receiver and team achieved a two-year extension that averages $18.355 million a year, sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Kimberley Martin.

The deal, valued at up to $39.5 million if it hits 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 hold-in of the 2019 wide receiver draft class after both Deebo Samuel and DK Metcalf received overtimes 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 are excited to have Diontae as part of this team,” Khan said Tuesday. “We hope he stays a Steeler for a long time.”

Johnson, who reported to training camp on time, has participated in individual drills and worked one-on-one with a staff member during team hours. He has gradually participated in more periods with quarterback throws, but is expected to fully join the team at training camp after his deal is finalized.

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

In signing Johnson for just a two-year extension, the team secures its top weapon for the immediate future while maintaining long-term flexibility. The shorter deal reflects a similar approach the team took this offseason when they signed quarterback Mitch Trubisky, right tackle Chukwuma Okorafor and inside linebacker Myles Jack, among others.

Metcalf and the Seattle Seahawks last week agreed to a three-year extension worth $72 million, while Samuel and the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday agreed to a three-year extension worth a maximum of $73.5 million, sources told Schefter With.

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Emma Bowman

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