With all the wide receiver money being thrown around in the NFL this offseason, many of the talented receivers in the 2019 draft class will be earning lucrative contract extensions in the year ahead. Some of those wide receivers might get those deals elsewhere (DK Metcalf might be one of them), so the Washington Commanders want to make sure they take care of their own talented wideouts from this draft class.
Washington has one of the best young wideouts in the game in Terry McLaurin, a player the Commanders are not rushing to secure a contract extension (according to The Athletic). The Commanders will also have no trade offers for McLaurin, although none have been made.
“I think the biggest thing is just to tell everyone patience,” Ron Rivera said. “We have plenty of time.”
McLaurin is coming off consecutive 1,000-yard seasons, including 77 catches for 1,053 yards and five touchdowns for the Commanders last year. He has 222 catches for 3,090 yards and 16 touchdowns in his three years in the league, one of only 13 receivers with 200 catches, 3,000 yards and 15 touchdowns in the last three seasons.
McLaurin is the only wide receiver in the group with fewer than 20 touchdowns, a charge against the quarterback game he’s had throughout his career. The commanders had Alex Smith, Taylor Heinicke, Dwayne Haskins, Kyle Allen, Case Keenum, Colt McCoy, Garrett Gilbert and Ryan Fitzpatrick added his quarterbacks in that span.
Then there’s Carson Wentz, who completed 62.4% of his passes for 3,563 yards with 27 touchdowns and seven interceptions last year with the Indianapolis Colts, for a 94.6 passer rating. Wentz has been inconsistent throughout his career, including last year when he wasn’t as good in the second half as he was in the first.
The Commanders’ new starting quarterback completed 61.1% of his passes for 1,365 yards with 10 touchdowns and four interceptions (87.1 rating) in the second half of the year. He averaged just 170.6 yards per game, compared to 244.2 in the first half of the year, when Wentz completed 63.3% of his passes for 2,198 yards with 17 touchdowns for three interceptions (100.1 rating).
Regardless, Wentz is arguably the most talented quarterback the Commanders have hired since McLaurin has been there. His numbers may improve slightly under Wentz in 2022, making a potential contract even higher.
Regardless, Commanders appear willing to delay extension talks with McLaurin for the time being. There’s still time to strike a deal this off-season, especially as they’re committed to keeping McLaurin in a Commanders uniform for the long haul.
https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/news/commanders-wont-entertain-trading-terry-mclaurin-wont-rush-contract-extension-with-star-wr-per-report/ Commanders will not deal with Terry McLaurin will rush the contract renewal with Star WR, the report said