The Facts: The Steelers have not yet made an offer to Johnson, Aditi Kinkhabwala of 93.7 The Fan reports. But Johnson is participating in the team’s mandatory minicamp this week anyway after working during the voluntary organized team activities last week. “I’m just here to work, do what I’m told and get the job done. That’s pretty much my focus,” Johnson said in video from the team.
Diehards Line: Johnson, 25, enters the final year of his four-year rookie deal scheduled to make $2.79 million for his final season. Chase Claypool becomes eligible for a contract extension after the 2022 season, so the Steelers could have a decision to make between the receivers after receiver contracts skyrocketed this offseason. In 2012, the Steelers went through something similar. Receiver Mike Wallace rejected a five-year, $50 million contract from the Steelers, and they instead signed Antonio Brown to a five-year, $42.5 million deal later that summer. Johnson said he will “hope for the best. ..." The Steelers’ policy is not to negotiate contracts once the season begins, so three months remain to get an extension completed with Johnson if they have intentions of signing him to one before 2023.