The rookie’s four-year rookie pact includes $14.18MM and training-camp guarantees in both 2024 and 2025, per Wilson (on Twitter). Johnston will also have a chance to earn a significant chunk of money via his fifth-year option. While Johnston was technically the 21st pick in the draft, he’ll earn the contract of the 22nd selection as a result of Miami’s forfeited selection.
Johnston was the second wideout off the board during the first-round run on receivers. The 6-foot-2, 208-pounder showed off his potential during his time at TCU, but he truly established himself as a first-round pick during the 2022 campaign. This past season, the wideout hauled in 60 catches for 1,069 yards and six touchdowns, resulting in his second-straight All-Big 12 nod.
The wideout did have an issue with drops, leading to some inconsistency in his draft projections. However, it was generally agreed that Johnston had one of the highest upsides at his position, and the Chargers are fortunate that they won’t need to rely on the rookie right away. Johnston will join a depth chart that’s highlighted by Mike Williams and Keenan Allen.
The Chargers will now shift their focus to signing the rest of the 2023 draft class. Johnston is the first of the team’s seven draft picks to be signed.