3 trade destinations for Diontae Johnson if Steelers don’t pay

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Could the Pittsburgh Steelers end up trading star receiver Diontae Johnson? If they’re unwilling to pay, that seems like the smart game.

In today’s NFL, receivers either get paid big or they get traded first.

Somehow, it feels like if a recipient asks for a big deal, they’ll get it more often than not.

Deebo Samuel would disagree, but he will end up being paid handsomely.

Diontae Johnson is one of the next receivers looking to get paid, but the Pittsburgh Steelers may not want to pay him $20 million a year.

If the Steelers know they won’t pay Diontae Johnson, the going rate for receivers in his position is pretty clearly set at the minimum value of a first-round pick.

It might be too good to pass up, but which teams would come and call Johnson?

PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA – DECEMBER 05: Diontae Johnson #18 of the Pittsburgh Steelers reacts after scoring a touchdown during the fourth quarter against the Baltimore Ravens at Heinz Field on December 05, 2021 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)

Commercial destination Diontae Johnson no. 1: Indianapolis Colts

One team whose wide receiver corps currently feels simply incomplete is the Indianapolis Colts.

The Colts have one of the most exciting young receivers in the league in former second-round pick Michael Pittman Jr., who has become this team’s undisputed WR1.

TY Hilton is off the list, and frankly, it’s not even that close between Pittman and anyone else.

He racked up over 1,000 yards last season and I think with Matt Ryan now in the fold, he’s about to take another huge leap forward.

The Colts used a second-round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft on fast, athletic Cincinnati wide receiver Alec Pierce.

For now, however, the jury is out on Pierce. He was a late riser in the NFL draft process and he will be slowly broken in.

Parris Campbell is currently the Colts’ wildcard at wide receiver. The team can’t really rely on him health-wise and he’s in a contract year anyway.

Adding Diontae Spencer to the fold could instantly legitimize the Colts’ wide receiving room and they’ve proven in recent years that they’re willing to trade draft picks for instant veteran help.

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