Steelers unlikely to offer Diontae Johnson $20M annually

CINCINNATI, OHIO – NOVEMBER 28: Diontae Johnson #18 of the Pittsburgh Steelers walks off the field after a game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on November 28, 2021 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images)

According to The Athletic’s Mak Kaboly, the Pittsburgh Steelers won’t offer Diontae Johnson $20 million annually this offseason.

The report noted that he won’t receive “anything near Terry McLaurin or anybody else that got more than $20 million per year.”

“They will offer him something, and it won’t be what he thinks he can get on the market, and he will get paid next year somewhere else. That’s the way I see it working out now.”

Johnson reported to OTAs rather than holding out, and 2022 will be his final season under his $4,280,962 rookie contract.

It seems like Pittsburgh is devaluing Johnson’s abilities, and he’ll likely have an open market after the conclusion of this season.

The 26-year-old has posted solid numbers in his first three seasons with the Steelers, totaling 2,764 receiving yards and 20 touchdowns.

In 2021, Johnson had his first thousand yard receiving season and a career-high 169 targets.


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