On Thursday, Dionte Johnson signed a two-year, $36.71 million extension that would allow him to stay in Pittsburgh for the next three seasons.
Johnson hopes it’s much longer than that.
“I love being a Steeler,” Johnson said Thursday. through the team’s official website. “I like it here. I want to end my career here. Just to be close to your teammates, to be close to the atmosphere and the energy they show every day. You want to be around a group of guys like that every day. like I made the right choice. I want to stay here for a long time.”
If Johnson is going to spend his entire career at Pittsburgh, he’ll need another extension in a couple of years. The 26-year-old agreed to a shorter extension to become a free agent again before he turns 30.
An average of $18.355 million a year on renewal ranks Johnson 17th among recipients, down from the $20 million mark signed by multiple strikeouts this offseason.
But Johnson doesn’t feel like he got a bad deal, especially as it gives him another shot at a big paycheck in 2025.
“No, I felt like I got the right deal,” Johnson said. via Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “I don’t worry about what everyone else is doing.”
Johnson doesn’t care what other receivers in his draft class are doing.
“You see the numbers,” Johnson said. “I didn’t try to look into everyone’s pockets. They deserve it. I can’t control what happens to them. I’m just worried about what’s going on with me. something.”
Johnson improved in each of his first three seasons, including passing the 1,100 yard mark in 2021. If he continues on this trajectory, Johnson’s pockets will fill up again in a few years.
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