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Panthers acquire Steelers WR Diontae Johnson for CB Donte Jackson; the teams exchange their choices

Carolina got another weapon for Bryce Young.

Panthers acquire wide receiver Diontae Johnson and a 2024 seventh-round pick (240th overall) from the Steelers in exchange for a cornerback Don Jackson and 2024 sixth-round selection (No. 178 overall), NFL Network Insider Tom Pelissero reported Tuesday.

Johnson, a former third-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, had been on the trade radar leading into free agency even after leading Pittsburgh in receptions in two of the last three seasons.

The 27-year-old has rushed for 4,363 yards and 25 touchdowns during his five-year NFL tenure. Johnson's hands have let him down at times, especially early in his career, but he has tantalizing skills to get open in space and remains a receiving machine with 391 career catches.

Overtaken by George Pickens in 2023, as the team's No. 1 target and plagued by injuries that caused him to miss four games, Johnson recorded a career-low 51 receptions last season. He did, however, set a new career high in receiving yards, going from 11.5 in his first year to 14.1.

He has a long way to go in his career and will next look to help relieve Young after the quarterback's rough rookie season, which included leading the league's worst passing offense.

Meanwhile, Johnson's departure means the Steelers have one less passer available to Russell WilsonIt is arrivalbut their already solid defense is strengthened with the acquisition of Jackson.

A second-round pick in 2018, Jackson played corner for Carolina in 80 games and brings 14 career interceptions to the Black and Gold. He joins Patrick Queen like the biggest in Pittsburgh additions at D so far this offseason.

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