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After being absent last week, Diontae Johnson was at voluntary OTAs on Tuesday

Updated: Jun 1, 2022

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Diontae Johnson wasn't at OTAs last week and there were reports of Johnson being unhappy with his current contract situation and that he was trying to send a message by not showing up. Well, Steelers Nation can relax, as Johnson was at OTAs on Tuesday.

Of course, OTAs are voluntary, so it really wasn't a big deal that Johnson wasn't there. But it definitely created headlines and speculation. It's also good for Johnson to get work in with new quarterbacks Mitch Trubisky and Kenny Pickett.

"You can see off the bat how special a player (Johnson) is," Pickett said. "I am excited to get more time to work with him and see what I can do to help his game out."

Johnson is entering the final year of his rookie contract and with the market exploding at the wide receiver position, he probably wants in the range of $20 million per year. The Steelers don't negotiate contracts during the season, so Johnson has roughly three months to get a deal done.

Johnson recorded a career-best 107 receptions for 1,161 yards and eight touchdowns last season. Johnson made the Pro Bowl as an alternate.

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