Terry McLaurin Rumors: Commanders Tried to 'Intensify' Contract Talks, Won't Trade WR

Rob Goldberg@@TheRobGoldbergFeatured Columnist IVJune 20, 2022

PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 21: Washington Football Team wide receiver Terry McLaurin (17) prior to the National Football League game between the Washington Football Team and Philadelphia Eagles on Tuesday, December 21, 2021 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, PA (Photo by John Jones/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
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The Washington Commanders reportedly have no plans to trade receiver Terry McLaurin and will keep trying to work out an extension, according to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler:

"Washington has made it clear they're not going to trade McLaurin; they want to get something done. I'm told they tried to really intensify their talks last week when he was gone from minicamp. They were hopeful to even maybe get something done and bring him in on that final day. So they were trading some contract proposals...didn't quite get there. Now it appears there's a lull in the action, so they've got about five weeks or so before training camp to try to get something done and they will make efforts there."

McLaurin is seeking a new deal as he heads into the final year of his rookie contract. He skipped the team's mandatory minicamp, which could result in a fine of $93,085.

The 26-year-old has a $2.79 million base salary in 2022, ranking 26th among wide receivers this year.

McLaurin has been one of the most consistent players in the league over his three seasons in Washington.

The third-round pick out of Ohio State has averaged 74 catches for 1,030 receiving yards and five touchdowns per season, averaging 67.2 receiving yards per game. The production has come despite a revolving door of quarterbacks throwing him the ball, including Taylor Heinicke, Alex Smith, Dwayne Haskins and Case Keenum.

Washington added experience under center this offseason by trading for Carson Wentz, which could lead to a big 2022 season for McLaurin.

The 26-year-old still wants long-term security in the form of a new contract. With fellow receivers Davante Adams, Tyreek Hill, A.J. Brown among those landing new deals this offseason, McLaurin is looking to capitalize.

The Commanders are working to get a new deal, but the two sides still haven't been able to close the gap.