Steelers WR Diontae Johnson desires to complete his profession in Pittsburgh after signing extension

Diontae Johnson inked a two-year, $36.71 million extension Thursday, preserving him below contract in Pittsburgh for the subsequent three seasons.

Johnson hopes it is quite a bit longer than that.

“I really like being a Steeler,” Johnson stated Thursday, through the workforce’s official web site. “I adore it right here. I wish to end my profession right here. Simply being round my teammates and being across the ambiance, and the power that they present every single day. You wish to be round a bunch of fellows like that every single day. I felt like I made the correct selection. I wish to proceed to be right here for a very long time.”

If Johnson is to play his whole profession in Pittsburgh, he’ll want one other extension in a few years. The 26-year-old agreed to a shorter extension to succeed in free company once more earlier than he turns 30.

The $18.355 million-per-year common on the extension places Johnson seventeenth amongst receivers, under the $20 million mark a number of wideouts signed for this offseason.

However Johnson would not imagine he took a nasty deal, significantly as a result of it provides him one other likelihood at an enormous payday in 2025.

“No, I felt like I took the correct deal,” Johnson stated, through the Pittsburgh Tribune-Overview. “I am not frightened about what everyone else is making.”

Johnson is not frightened about what different receivers in his draft class are making.

“You see the numbers,” Johnson stated. “I wasn’t attempting to take a look at everyone’s pockets. They deserve it. I am unable to management what they have happening. I am simply frightened about what I’ve acquired happening. I used to be capable of provide you with one thing.”

Johnson has improved in every of his first three seasons, together with surpassing the 1,100-yard mark in 2021. If he continues on that trajectory, Johnson’s pockets will get stuffed as soon as once more in a number of years.