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Steelers signing WR Diontae Johnson to two-year, $36.71M extension

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The Pittsburgh Steelers and wide receiver Dionte Johnson have agreed to a two-year, $36.71 million extension, NFL Network insider Mike Garafolo said Thursday.

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Garafolo added that the extension included a guaranteed $27 million and that Johnson would earn $19 million in the deal’s first year. Later Thursday, the team announced that Johnson had signed a new three-year contract.

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Johnson’s new contract earns him WR top 20 money per year and still allows him to re-enter free agency in 2025. .

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The Steelers and Johnson camp worked all Wednesday night and Thursday morning to finalize negotiations, Garafolo said. New Steelers general manager Omar Khan said Tuesday he hopes Johnson, who hasn’t been training during contract talks, “will be a Steeler for a long time.”

Two years may not be quite right, but the Steelers have secured a pivotal offense that is changing hands this season. Johnson has posted 2021 career numbers in catches (107), yards received (1,161) and TD catches (eight) after enduring a tough 2020 campaign during which he was surrounded by many missed passes.

The Steelers may have quarterback questions, but on paper, their receiver group looks very strong. Even after Juju Smith-Shuster, Ray-Ray McCloud and James Washington became free agents, the Steelers brought back Chase Claypool and Johnson and got promising newcomers in George Pickens and Calvin Austin III.

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Source: www.nfl.com

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