Contract talks continue between the Washington Commanders and wide receiver Terry McLaurin. However, the two sides are “still far apart” and it appears McLaurin is unlikely to show for this week’s mandatory minicamp, according to the Washington Post’s Nicki Jhabvala.
According to Jhabvala, McLaurin returned to Florida Sunday to resume his offseason training.
McLaurin skipped voluntary offseason team activities. He’s been away from the team since the April NFL draft. However, his potential absence from minicamp will speak more volume to his contract squabble with the Commanders. Minicamp is mandatory and teams may fine players for unexcused absences up to $93,090 total, according to Jhabvala.
McLaurin is in search of a contract extension. He’s entering the final year of his four-year rookie deal. He is slated to make $2.79 million for the 2022 season.
The market for wide receivers skyrocketed over the offseason with a number of wideouts receiving mega contract extensions. As a result, the benchmark for top-level receivers has risen to $25 million per season.
However, Davante Adams, Tyreek Hill and A.J. Brown had to be traded to new teams to obtain. That’s an outcome the Commanders seemingly have resisted. There’s no indication McLaurin has requested a trade.
In three seasons with Washington, Terry McLaurin has emerged as the Commanders’ top offensive weapon. He has 222 catches, 3,090 receiving yards and 16 touchdown catches.
His production has exceeded the contract value he signed as third-round draft pick in 2019. Yet, it appears McLaurin and the team are not close on exactly what his value stands moving forward.