Johnson finished WR20 in 2020 and WR8 last year, but is going off the board WR23 this year thanks to a new quarterback situation. While Mitch Trubisky, Mason Rudolph and Kenny Pickett don’t inspire a ton of confidence, it wasn’t like Ben Roethlisberger provided irreplaceable quarterback play last season. (He threw for 3,740 yards and 22 touchdowns with a 6.2 yards per attempt.) Johnson regularly charts among the top route-runners in Matt Harmon’s Reception Perception project, and can basically get open at will. Quarterbacks tend to like that.
Before the Steelers took the practice field on Tuesday, new general manager Omar Khan addressed Diontae Johnson's contract situation during a meeting with the media. Khan said that the team has engaged in conversations with Johnson's representatives.
"Conversations we have between Diontae and his representatives will stay between us," Khan said. "We won't discuss it publicly, but we've been in conversations."
Johnson is doing a "hold-in" where he's at camp but not taking part in team drills. Given the recent contract singings for wide receivers that have taken place, the hope is Johnson's is up next.