Commanders’ Rivera says team is not trading McLaurin

The Washington Commanders continued mandatory minicamp on Thursday. However, Washington was without one of their best players in wide receiver Terry McLaurin, who is hoping to get an extension with the team. 

Entering his fourth season in the NFL, McLaurin has put up big-time numbers for the Commanders. In his short career, the 2019 third-round pick has been very productive. The former Ohio State product has accumulated 222 receptions for 3090 yards and 16 touchdowns.

Despite McLaurin not being at minicamp, Commanders coach Ron Rivera says there’s no concern, and the team and McLaurin’s representatives have been in contact.

“Give you guys a little tidbit, we’ve been talking with his folks, probably the last week and working on some stuff, and hopefully it’ll be taken care of in a matter of time,” Rivera said Thursday. “How much time? I don’t know. But it is never contentious. I can promise you that much. So, we’re feeling pretty good and pretty confident at some point, this will get done…

“I think that’s important is that when a player like this does make the impact, he’s made and not just on the football team, but you know, around the community and everything you have to be able to take care of that guy, so everybody understands this is the type of player we want. So that’s why, and I’ve said this, you know, we’re not trading Terry; everything we’re doing is we’re trying to get this done. And like I said, just to tell you guys, we’ve been talking with these guys for over probably the last seven, eight days. And we intend to do this because we believe in who Terry is for us and what he can bring to the table.”

McLaurin has one year left on his contract and can be an unrestricted free agent at season’s end.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the 26-year-old McLaurin is continuing to seek a contract extension consistent with other comparable WRs that recently signed; that would mean guys like Rams’ Cooper Kupp(three years, $80 million), Eagles’ A.J. Brown(four years, $100 million), and Tyreek Hill(four years, $120 million). 

In the end, it appears McLaurin, who clearly has outplayed his contract, will get paid; it’s just a matter of when.

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