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ASHBURN, Va. – Washington Commanders recipient Terry McLaurin will not report to the mandatory three-day minicamp this week as discussions on a contract extension continue, several sources confirm to ESPN.
McLaurin attended training earlier this spring, but skipped the volunteer OTA sessions that took place over the past three weeks. McLaurin’s rookie contract expires after the season. He is looking for a new deal in line with what other top receivers have received in the offseason.
After trading for AJ Brown the first night of the 2022 draft, the Philadelphia Eagles signed Brown to a four-year extension worth $ 25 million per season. The Tennessee Titans had drafted Brown one round ahead of McLaurin in the 2019 draft. McLaurin’s base salary is $ 2.79 million this season.
Other wide receivers selected in the 2019 draft, such as DK Metcalf and Deebo Samuel, are also seeking contract extension, but took a different approach with their team’s minicamps last week. Metcalf skipped the Seattle Seahawks ‘mandatory minicamp last week, while Samuel, who requested a trade earlier in the low season, attended the San Francisco 49ers’ minicamp.
Washington had hoped McLaurin would attend because of his role as team leader, even though he would not train. The Commanders also want him to develop a relationship with the new quarterback Carson Wentz, with whom he has not yet trained on the field.
A player who misses all three days of minicamp will be fined a total of $ 93,085.
McLaurin, 26, enjoyed another productive season in 2021 despite Washington’s inconsistency as a quarterback. He finished with 1,053 yards – his second 1,000-yard season in a row – and five touchdowns on 77 receptions.
Washington has consistently maintained optimism in its ability to retain McLaurin. Last year, the team signed defensive tackle Jonathan Allen to an extension and announced it just before training camp opened in late July. Washington has pointed to a similar schedule with McLaurin, though the receiving market went in a direction this offseason that few had expected.
Like Allen, McLaurin is a key face in the franchise. He was prominently featured in promotional material for the season, and after the team changed its name to Commanders. A source said last week that McLaurin has maintained contact with team officials about what he wants.
To help McLaurin – and the offense – Washington hit receiver Jahan Dotson in the first round. Commanders also have Curtis Samuel, who comes off for season-long soft-spoken injuries in 2021, tight-end Logan Thomas, who comes from a torn ACL, and runs back JD McKissic among others to help the passing game.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter contributed to this report.