The Washington Commanders have a countless number of issues currently going on within the organization.
Whether it be defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio’s controversy surrounding his comments about the U.S Capitol storming or the numerous allegations surrounding owner Dan Snyder, things clearly are not in a great place.
Unfortunately for them, it looks like things won’t be getting any better on the football field as star receiver Terry McLaurin has made his decision on the team’s mandatory minicamp set to take place this week.
McLaurin will not report to minicamp as he continues ongoing contract negotiations with the team.
Washington WR Terry McLaurin does not plan to attend this week’s mandatory minicamp, per source. McLaurin is continuing to seek a contract extension consistent with other comparable WRs that recently signed; until he has it, he will miss reps with new Washington QB Carson Wentz.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) June 13, 2022
He is currently in the final year of his contract and is looking for a big pay increase that Washington may not be willing to give him. McLaurin has undoubtedly been the best receiver on the team since being drafted by the team in 2019, averaging over 1,000 yards each of the past two seasons on a pretty below-average passing offense.
This decision to sit out of the mandatory minicamp has many around the NFL world thinking that the Commanders need to get a deal done sooner rather than later and should give in to whatever McLaurin’s contract desires are.
Hello. I am in general a dummy on the Internet and should not be allowed to make roster decisions for pro sports teams. But the Commanders should probably get a deal done with Terry McLaurin.
— Brian McNally (@bmcnally14) June 13, 2022
Commandovers Please pay Future HoF elite WR . Please pay that man
— Wale (@Wale) June 13, 2022
Terry McLaurin: 222 rec, 3,090 yds, 16 TD (46G)
AJ Brown: 185 rec, 2,995 yds, 24 TD (43G)
DK Metcalf: 216 rec, 3,170 yds, 29 TD (49G)
Deebo Samuel: 167 rec, 2,598 yds, 10 TD (38G)*
*Samuel also has 550 rush yds, 11 rush TD
Only Brown (4/$100M) has a long-term deal.
— Ethan Cadeaux (@Ethan_Cadeaux) June 13, 2022
No matter who is under center, Terry McLaurin is gonna contribute. He’s as consistent as they come. https://t.co/mpi5SmA4ZH
— Bobby Thompson (@BThomps81) June 13, 2022
— Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) June 13, 2022
McLaurin has been able to contribute to the team no matter who has been under center over the past three years. Their quarterback situation has been rocky at best, and if the Commanders continue to wait it out with him, he may just decide that he wants to go elsewhere moving forward.
It is also not a great start to Carson Wentz’s tenure in Washington, who will be losing out on the rapport that he could be building with McLaurin each day he continues to sit out.
It’s clear that he has done enough to be paid at least a similar price tag to what A.J Brown received in Philadelphia this offseason, and the Commanders should act quickly in bringing back one of the few areas of consistency currently in the organization.