Adam Schefter puts Terry McLaurin in the group of third-year WRs who don’t participate in OTA, but will be there today

ESPN’s Adam Schefter caused a minute-long scare at the DMV early this morning with a tweet that lumped Terry McLaurin with two other third-year WRs (Deebo Samuel and AJ Brown) who are not expected to participate in the offseason. in the field of his team. programs because they want new contracts. He immediately followed up with a tweet saying McLaurin was a team leader and that he would be attending the portion of Washington’s offseason program that begins today. This was also confirmed by JP Finlay, who said everyone on the team is expected to be in Ashburn today for the first Commanders offseason show. On-field activities are expected when OTAs and training camp begin after the draft and later this summer.

Ben Standig confirms McLaurin is expected to skip voluntary on-field training

Both sides in the McLaurin discussion initially projected that contract negotiations would begin after the draft and probably well into the summer. Washington reached a contract agreement with defensive tackle Jonathan Allen last year in late July, shortly before the start of mandatory training camp.

Washington has expressed interest in signing Terry McLaurin to a contract extension for the entire offseason. They met with his agent at the NFL Combine last month to discuss a new deal. A month later, Grant Paulsen reported that the commanders had not made a contract extension offer to McLaurin. Washington traded quarterback Carson Wentz less than a week after meeting with McLaurin’s agent, and his focus shifted after the $28 million salary cap wiped out most of his available money. Multiple moves were made to clear cap space for their immediate needs and what they will need in the future.

One of those moves was to remove Landon Collins with a post-June 1 appointment. This move frees up $11.9 million, but the team has to wait until June to use the money. Ron Rivera has said the team has plenty of time and fans need to be patient as they work on a new contract for one of the team’s captains and their most important offensive weapon. That’s hard to do, as everyone has watched the wide receiver market go haywire this offseason with monster trades and contracts happening weekly and, at some points, daily during this year’s free agency. Fans see McLaurin’s price tag rising by the day, and they just want to see a deal done so his anxiety and previous players’ PTSD can calm down.

Ron Rivera also said that neither team has contacted Washington and that they would not consider a trade offer for McLaurin. Schefter mentioned the option teams have to switch to the wide receiver trio, but that’s not an option here. McLaurin has also not requested a trade and appears open to an extension. The question is obviously what price it will cost to lock him up long-term, when does that deal happen, and is he waiting to see how Carson Wentz’s experience goes before committing long-term? We haven’t heard much from McLaurin’s side, but he is expected to seek a market-level deal that pays him a minimum of $20 million per year.

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