Diontae Johnson celebrated his new contract in style: with a sandwich in his mouth.
The ascendant Steelers wideout received word about his two-year, $39.5 million extension Thursday while he was eating lunch with his teammates in the St. Vincent Cafeteria. He reacted with a big smile, as one would expect.
Reaction to Diontae Johnson's extension
There are plenty of reasons for Johnson to be happy. The contract sets him up to reach free agency in three more years, when he’ll be 29, and presumably ready to cash in on another payday.
He’s receiving $27 million guaranteed in this deal, and $19 million in year one.
The agreement is also a winner for the Steelers, who now have financial security, and can keep Johnson at a reasonable number over the next three seasons. There will be no need to go through the awkward and uncomfortable franchise tag dance.
Johnson, 26, is currently the 17th-highest paid wideout in the league.
Up until Thursday, Johnson was in the midst of a hold-in, meaning he was present at training camp, but not participating.
He caught 107 passes last season for 1,161 yards and eight touchdowns — all career bests. The Steelers’ receiver development machine continues to roll on.