Terry McLaurin Won't Be Traded by Commanders amid Contract Talks, Ron Rivera Says

Adam WellsJune 15, 2022

PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 21: Terry McLaurin #17 of the Washington Football Team walks off the field after the game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on December 21, 2021 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
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As the Washington Commanders go through mandatory minicamp without Terry McLaurin amid a contract dispute, they have no intention of trading the star wide receiver.

Head coach Ron Rivera told reporters Wednesday the team is "not trading" McLaurin and "it's just a matter of time" before the two sides get a new deal done.

Per NFL.com's Kevin Patra, McLaurin could be fined up to $93,085 for missing all three days of mandatory minicamp this week.

Commanders general manager Martin Mayhew told reporters during the NFL Scouting Combine in March that he was going to meet with McLaurin's agent.

The Athletic's Ben Standig reported Monday that talks between the Commanders and McLaurin's camp have "netted scant progress" thus far.

It's unclear what McLaurin is seeking from a new deal, but Standig cited league sources who project he can get a contract "north of $22 million" per season.

This has been a huge offseason for wide receiver contracts. Of the 11 wideouts signed to contracts worth at least $20 million annually, seven of them have agreed to those deals this offseason.

Three of the four highest-paid receivers by average annual salary signed their contracts this offseason (Tyreek Hill, Davante Adams, Cooper Kupp).

McLaurin is entering the final season of his rookie contract. The 26-year-old is set to earn $2.79 million in 2022, per Spotrac.

A third-round draft pick in 2019, McLaurin has established himself as one of the best wide receivers in the NFL. He has averaged 1,030 yards and 5.3 touchdowns per season in 46 starts over the past three campaigns.

The Commanders are looking to rebound after a disappointing 7-10 record in 2021. They acquired Carson Wentz from the Indianapolis Colts with the hope he will provide better quarterback play.

McLaurin is Washington's best offensive player, and his presence is essential if the franchise wants to contend for a playoff spot this season.