Washington Commanders wide receiver Terry McLaurin wants a new deal, and he’s holding out to make that contract happen.
McLaurin saw the likes of Davante Adams and Tyreek Hill receive new contracts this season, and wants some shiny new toys of his own.
It’s tough to blame him, as the Washington wideout has put up impressive numbers despite less-than-impressive quarterback play with the Commanders the last few seasons. Missing out on mandatory minicamp is a large step, but one McLaurin must take before his contract becomes an afterthought in training camp and beyond.
McLaurin missing potential reps with Carson Wentz could loom large, as well. Wentz struggled last year in Indianapolis, and is facing a must-win scenario in Washington. Should he fail, his next opportunity will not come as a starting quarterback. The leash is shrinking.
Washington Football Team between rock and hard place with Terry McLaurin
McLaurin joins DK Metcalf, who didn’t attend Seahawks mandatory camp, as the second wide receiver to do so in less than a week. Both players have been forced into tough situations as they play without a stable option at QB, meaning both want to get paid now before their statistics inevitably decrease.
McLaurin had 77 catches for 1,053 yards and five touchdowns last year. While minicamp may be mandatory in a sense, it is not as serious of an infraction as missing training camp would be. All this does is turn up the heat on Martin Mayhew in his first season in charge.