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Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Diontae Johnson claims he is unhappy with the franchise.
With rumors circulating that Diontae Johnson was unhappy with her Pittsburgh Steelers contract situation, the talented wide receiver seemed to have put this show to rest with a tweet.
These rumors first circulated in Mark Kaboly’s post for The Athletic last Friday. Johnson has a year left on his rookie deal with the Steelers. Considering he was a third-round pick from Toledo in the 2019 NFL Draft, Johnson has yet to make much money in the NFL. With Pittsburgh experiencing a shift change as a quarterback for the first time in years, there is a wealth of pressure on Johnson.
Here’s Johnson doing his best to shatter the rumors that he’s unhappy with his Steelers contract.
Diontae Johnson contract rumors: Pittsburgh Steelers WR disputes unhappiness
Johnson is coming off his best season as a professional. He set career highs in receptions (107), yardage (1,161) and touchdowns (8) in his first Pro Bowl campaign. Pittsburgh qualified for the AFC playoffs in Ben Roethlisberger’s final season in the league. With Mitchell Trubisky and eventually Kenny Pickett taking over for Big Ben, things will look vastly different for Pittsburgh.
While Johnson may not love the idea of going into this fall without a long-term deal, he could make even more money if he backs up what he did online last year with another great season. Pittsburgh may have a rich history of drafting broadband receivers, but Johnson could force himself into the franchisee conversation if he strikes out again. Here, of course, stability is preferred.
Overall, Pittsburgh is a team with great variety. If Trubisky or Pickett do the quarterback position justice, and the patented Pittsburgh defense sticks, the Steelers can win double-digit games and clear the off-season. Should the quarterback game become a tire fire and the defense withdraw, it could become an unresolved disaster in Western Pennsylvania. Johnson is stuck in the middle …
If Johnson controls what he can, he should make big money, one way or another, in his free agency.