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Diontae Johnson Responds to Trade Rumors

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Diontae Johnson addressed the trade rumors on Sunday.



Pittsburgh Steelers WR Diontae Johnson
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Diontae Johnson against the New England Patriots, Dec. 7, 2023 - Ed Thompson / Steelers Now

The Pittsburgh Steelers are reportedly open to trading star wide receiver Diontae Johnson for the right offer. Tony Pauline of SportsKeeda reported that on Sunday.

“Is Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Diontae Johnson on the trading block? The short answer is possibly, if the price is right.” Pauline wrote. “…While it’s not fair to say Johnson is on the trading block, several people tell me the Steelers are open to moving the receiver if they receive fair compensation.”

Diontae Johnson is entering the team’s final year of his two-year extension. He missed multiple weeks this past season with a hamstring injury but has become part of the basis of the Steelers surge around in offensive skill players. Johnson’s game is marred with inconsistency but his route running skills is some of the best in the entire NFL. He is extremely hard to cover for any team, but the Steelers might not be willing to bring him back after this season, so if they get offered the right deal, they might be willing to move him.

After the rumors came to light, Johnson took to X, the app formerly known as Twitter, to give his thoughts on the situation, saying ‘it is what it is’ and ‘people just be talkin’.

The most notable frustrating play this past season was against the Cincinnati Bengals when Jaylen Warren fumbled and instead of chasing after the ball, Johnson instead looked frustrated and watched. He addressed it in the locker room and said that everyone moved on.

I addressed the situation to them,” Johnson said. “To my teammates, and I know how they feel. I know how I should go about the situation next time when it occurs. I just owned up to it. I’m not perfect. All I can do is move forward and keep playing football.”

The Steelers have shown tons of interest in the top receivers in the class over the last few days, including Washington wide receiver Rome Odunze, leading to speculation about Johnson’s future.