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Steelers sign star receiver Diontae Johnson to three-year extension…with $27 million GUARANTEED

Steelers signal star receiver Diontae Johnson to new three-year ‘$39.5 million deal’ after his BREAKOUT season in 2021

  • The wideout posted over 1,100 yards final season, incomes a Professional Bowl spot
  • As he indicators, a heated battle for the beginning QB spot ensues in Pittsburgh
  • Three quarterbacks combat to be the substitute to Ben Roethlisberger 

Regardless of an absence of readability within the quarterback division, whoever wins the combat to grow to be the subsequent starter for the Pittsburgh Steelers could have a dependable goal to catch passes.

An announcement from the Steelers says star receiver Diontae Johnson has signed an extension to remain within the Metal Metropolis.

Johnson will get a brand new three-year contract price a reported $39.5m, starting this season. 

That makes his cap hit come out to round $13.1m a 12 months.

All smiles for Diontae Johnson as he signs a contract extension to stay in Pittsburgh

All smiles for Diontae Johnson as he indicators a contract extension to remain in Pittsburgh

Diontae Johnson's efforts last season helped him earn his first Pro Bowl selection

Diontae Johnson’s efforts final season helped him earn his first Professional Bowl choice 

Johnson’s efficiency final season helped push a declining Steelers group to a playoff berth within the remaining season of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger’s profession.

Diontae Johnson’s large step up
Stats  2020  2021
Receptions  88 107 
Targets  144  169 
Yards  923  1,161 
TDs 8
AVG Yards/Catch  10.5  10.9 

He managed his first season with over 1,000 yards receiving and over 100 catches.

That landed the Toledo product his first Professional Bowl choice.

With the departure of receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster, Johnson may see much more cross catching alternatives.

Nevertheless, the query of who can be throwing to him has not been clarified.

A trio of quarterbacks enter coaching camp all vying to be the substitute for the person recognized in western Pennsylvania as ‘Massive Ben’.

Former Chicago Bears starter Mitch Trubisky will compete with Mason Rudolph, who took over the Steelers offense in 2019 after an harm knocked Roethlisberger out at first of the season.

The addition of rookie quarterback and College of Pittsburgh product Kenny Pickett has made the choice more durable for head coach Mike Tomlin.         

Johnson (18) led Steelers pass catchers last year in all major receiving statistical categories

Johnson (18) led Steelers cross catchers final 12 months in all main receiving statistical classes

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