PITTSBURGH — There are hopes of a new contract.Wide receiver Not only did he report to mandatory minicamp Tuesday, but he also practiced with his teammates on the field.
Johnson stated that he was not concerned about his contract status. Johnson stated that Johnson is not worried about his contract status.
“At last, I can only move forward. I can only control what I have control of. I want to be here. I'm patient. I will just keep working. My agent will do the same thing in that situation as he did, and that's all I'm going to be focusing on.
Johnson, 25, enters the last year of his rookie four-year deal and will be due $2.79million for his final season.
Steelers contracts are not negotiated during regular season. That leaves just a few months to negotiate a deal with their receiver, before he enters the open market in the year 2023. Johnson doesn't plan to wait until a new deal is made.
He stated, “I'm only here to work. Do what I'm instructed.” “Get the job done. That's my focus. It's nice to be around guys.”
Coach Mike Tomlin noticed Johnson at minicamp last week and at OTAs. Johnson is a valuable member of the team and a leader in the wide receivers' room.
Tomlin said Tuesday that Diontae isn't a big talker. He is more of a doer, and I can see that. And I am in agreement with that. Simply putting his head down every day and working.
“He'll give high-quality examples on how to get to work, and there'll be help for guys like [George] Pickens is a visual person who can help him understand the process of maturation.
The market value for wide receivers has risen dramatically in the offseason.With $52.5 million guaranteed and a salary of $30 million per year, he was the highest-paid wide receiver. The Oakland Raiders offered $52.5 million. A deal for $28 million per annum with $22.7 million guaranteed. All seven wide receivers agreed to deals totaling at least $20 million annually.
Johnson stated, “It's not as if you don't see” it. Johnson said, “You can see it. It rings in your head, like this or that. I don't look at my pocket watch or that. The contract is theirs, and they are entitled to it. They clearly put in the work and effort. My time will come. Just being patient. It's a blessing if it happens this year. Keep working if it doesn't happen.
Johnson finished last year as a top-10 receiver with 1,161 receiving yards, eight touchdowns and was a top-10 pick. Johnson, a late Pro Bowl selection, believes he's one of the best receivers in this league.
“Most definitely,” Johnson said. “Film don't lie. This is all that I have to say. “I'm going to continue playing.”