Pittsburgh Steelers vast receiver Diontae Johnson is in coaching camp. The fourth-year veteran is even performing some on-field work, although there may be a lot that he isn’t doing. A Pro Bowl choice as an alternate final season, he believes that he ought to obtain a contract extension earlier than taking part in out the ultimate yr of his rookie contract.
It’s removed from clear that the Steelers even have any severe intention of doing that, however Johnson is standing there from the sidelines, each actually and figuratively, watching all of those different vast receivers, together with these from his personal draft class, making financial institution, ready his flip.
And the Steelers proceed to attend for him to resolve that he’s able to be a full participant in follow. He informed reporters on reporting day that if it have been solely as much as him, he would follow, but it surely’s a dialog that he’s having on an ongoing foundation along with his agent in terms of pushing for a brand new deal. In the meantime, the crew strikes on with out him within the drills he sits out, they usually’re not essentially ready on him or staring on the clock, so to talk.
“I’m not making any guesses about participation”, head coach Mike Tomlin mentioned after follow on Saturday when he was requested about any potential timeline for Johnson to be extra concerned on the sphere. “I deal in reality and who we have working and what transpired today. We’ll see what happens as we move forward”.
It should be mentioned that there actually doesn’t look like any hostility in any respect. Johnson will usually be discovered hacking it up with Tomlin at Latrobe, and as mentioned, he nonetheless participates in some particular person drills and is concerned in most each means, a lot as T.J. Watt was final yr throughout his contract negotiations.
The largest distinction there, after all, is the truth that Watt’s contract extension was inevitable. Johnson even getting a brand new deal from the Steelers after this season isn’t assured, though reality be informed, I actually would like to know the place they stand internally concerning the way forward for the vast receiver place.
Is it Johnson that they need to pay, or do they need to see how issues play out this yr with Chase Claypool and now rookie George Pickens? While there’s no hard-and-fast coverage concerning solely paying one receiver at a time, it is rather tough to pay two of them close to the highest of the market—more and more so certainly, now with primarily 14 of them averaging $20 million per season or extra.
Quite a variety of them earned high greenback simply this offseason, together with Tyreek Hill, Davante Adams, Cooper Kupp, A.J. Brown, Terry McLaurin, and most lately, D.Okay. Metcalf. You’ll discover that lots of these names shall be fairly acquainted to Johnson, having been drafted in the identical class as himself.