ASHBURN, Va. — Washington Commanders coach Ron Rivera expressed optimism a deal would go through with holdout receiver Terry McLaurin, adding that the team will not trade its top wideout just because nothing is signed yet became.
McLaurin missed the first two days of Washington’s mandatory mini-camp. He used to attend training sessions in the spring but skipped voluntary OTA sessions for the last three weeks. McLaurin’s rookie contract expires after the season. He’s looking for a new deal to match what other top receivers have received this offseason.
Rivera said the team spoke to McLaurin representatives last week and “hopefully it gets sorted out shortly. How much time? I dont know. But it’s never in dispute, I can promise you that so much. We’re feeling pretty good and pretty confident that this will eventually get done.
That’s why Rivera said, “We don’t trade with Terry … We believe in who Terry is to us and what he can bring to the table.”
After being traded to AJ Brown on the first night of the 2022 NFL draft, the Philadelphia Eagles signed him to a four-year extension worth $25 million per season. The Tennessee Titans drafted Brown a round ahead of McLaurin in the 2019 draft. McLaurin’s base salary this season is $2.79 million.
Other wide receivers selected in the 2019 draft, such as DK Metcalf and Deebo Samuel, are also seeking contract extensions but took different paths with their teams’ minicamps last week. Metcalf skipped the Seattle Seahawks’ mandatory mini-camp last week while Samuel, who requested a trade earlier this offseason, attended the San Francisco 49ers’ mini-camp.
Washington had hoped McLaurin would participate in his role as team leader, even if he didn’t function. The commanders also want him to develop a relationship with new quarterback Carson Wentz, who he hasn’t worked with on the field yet.
Washington is scheduled to hold a third minicamp training Thursday. A player who misses all three days of minicamp could be fined a total of $93,085.