Steelers WR Diontae Johnson not absolutely taking part in camp observe with contract state of affairs lingering

Pittsburgh Steelers huge receiver Diontae Johnson reported for coaching camp however wasn’t a full participant in observe as his contract state of affairs continues to play out.

“I acknowledge that he was lower than 100% participation,” coach Mike Tomlin stated of Johnson on Wednesday, by way of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Evaluation. “We’ll proceed to handle the circumstance. However proper now, my vitality and focus is on these which can be taking part, and I feel that is the suitable mindset to have sometimes.”

Whereas coaching camp holdouts are principally a factor of the previous, gamers in search of new offers have taken to hold-ins as a mode of getting new contracts. Very like Deebo Samuel in San Francisco and DK Metcalf in Seattle, Johnson is in line for an extension forward of his fourth season.

Final 12 months, Steelers star go rusher T.J. Watt did not take part in on-field exercises in coaching camp earlier than getting his new deal. Earlier this spring, security Minkah Fitzpatrick equally sat out of OTAs and minicamp earlier than signing his new deal.

Johnson stated he “paid consideration” to his teammates’ conditions and the way they performed out.

“I realized you’ll be able to’t take stuff personally as a result of it is enterprise on the finish of the day,” Johnson stated. “That is what I am studying, slowly. It is identical to something, stuff will get irritating, but it surely’s the way you reply to it. I am not letting that get to me in any respect; I’m simply going to maintain going at it and worrying about the suitable issues.”

After 107 catches, 1,161 receiving yards and eight touchdowns, Johnson proved he is a go-to wideout en path to his first Professional Bowl nod in 2021. He is due $2.79 million in base wage in 2022, the ultimate 12 months of his rookie deal.

The Steelers’ modus operandi is to halt contract discussions throughout the season, which supplies the crew and Johnson 45 days to hammer out a brand new deal.

“I need to be right here. I need to be right here long-term,” he stated. “It is as much as [Steelers management]. I will simply preserve doing what I am doing.”