Terry McLaurin

Washington Redskins
Wide Receiver #83
Washington Redskins
Wide Receiver #83

Terry McLaurin News

Lands three-year extension

McLaurin has agreed to a three-year contract extension with Washington, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: The report also relays that the deal includes up to $71 million in new money and puts McLaurin among the NFL's top-five highest-paid wideouts. As a result, the 26-year-old -- whose rookie contract had been slated to expire after the coming season -- is now signed with the team through the 2025 campaign. In 17 games in 2021, the 2019 third-rounder logged a 77/1,053/5 stat line on 130 targets. McLaurin continues to profile as the clear-cut top option in a Washington wide receiver corps that also includes Curtis Samuel and 2022 first-rounder Jahan Dotson, with his fantasy prospects potentially boosted by working with a new QB in Carson Wentz.

Jun 28, 2022 12:29 PM EST

Coach says no trade happening

Coach Ron Rivera said Wednesday "we're not trading [McLaurin]," JP Finlay of NBC Sports Washington reports.

Analysis: McLaurin is skipping mandatory minicamp while he and the Commanders continue to discuss a new extension. Per Ben Standig of The Athletic, Rivera also confirmed that McLaurin will be fined for missing mandatory team activities, but that ongoing negotiations are "not contentious." Of course, it's not uncommon in the NFL for team officials to commit to retaining a player only for a trade to later occur, as happened with A.J. Brown and Titans coach Mike Vrabel earlier this offseason. As a result of being dealt to the Eagles, Brown was able to secure a four-year, $100 million contract, and McLaurin may be vying for a similar payday as he enters the final season of his rookie contract.

Jun 15, 2022 8:53 AM EST

Plans to skip minicamp

McLaurin doesn't intend to report to the Commanders' mandatory minicamp this week, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: According to Pete Hailey of NBC Sports Washington, head coach Ron Rivera said less than a week earlier that he expected McLaurin to be in attendance for minicamp, but the wide receiver instead plans to remain a spectator while he seeks a long-term contract extension. The 26-year-old, who is seeking a deal on par with the other elite receivers who have recently signed extensions, is entering the final year of his rookie deal in 2022 and will miss out on opportunities to take reps alongside new starting quarterback Carson Wentz while he remains off the field.

Jun 13, 2022 7:07 AM EST

Expected at mandatory minicamp

Coach Ron Rivera said Wednesday he expects McLaurin to participate in next week's mandatory minicamp, Pete Hailey of NBC Sports Washington reports.

Analysis: McLaurin has remained away from voluntary OTAs while attempting to negotiate a new contract with the Commanders. The 2019 third-round pick is entering the final year of his rookie contract, and he's once again facing the task of establishing chemistry with a new quarterback, this time former Eagles and Colts signal-caller Carson Wentz. In his career thus far, McLaurin has averaged 4 catches for 1,030 yards and 5.3 TDs per season. In McLaurin's absence, rookie first-round pick Jahan Dotson has reportedly made strides in establishing a rapport with Wentz.

Jun 8, 2022 8:08 AM EST

Not at OTAs but could sign soon

McLaurin hasn't been attending offseason activities, but Commanders coach Ron Rivera said it's "just a matter of time" before the wideout is back with the team, Nicki Jhabvala of The Washington Post reports.

Analysis: McLaurin was at the team facility at one point in April, with reports suggesting he wouldn't do on-field work until he'd signed a new contract. His absence since then might be interpreted as a show of frustration or a negotiating tactic, but it's also possible the wideout is simply being cautious with a huge payday on the horizon. McLaurin is entering the fourth and final season of his rookie deal and should command at least $20 million per year on a long-term extension. Assuming he and the Commanders work things out, McLaurin likely will deal with subpar QB play again, this time catching passes from former Eagles and Colts QB Carson Wentz.

May 24, 2022 7:53 AM EST

Contract talks ongoing

Washington general manager Martin Mayhew said Monday that the organization is currently in ongoing talks with McLaurin and his agent about a possible contract extension, Nicki Jhabvala of The Washington Post reports.

Analysis: McLaurin is currently with the team, but he isn't participating in any voluntary on-field workouts this offseason. Mandatory minicamp doesn't start until mid-June, so the two sides have some time to figure out a deal, but it's possible the wideout could continue to hold out until an extension is signed. The acquisition of Carson Wentz -- who's owed $28 million in 2022 -- has certainly hindered Washington's moves and likely has been at least part of the reason McLaurin hasn't signed an extension yet. Regardless, Mayhew said, "We're really excited about the opportunity of having Terry continue with us for a long time," so it appears there are no intentions of trading the fourth-year wideout ahead of the draft. Commanders head coach Ron Rivera added that Washington's draft process won't be impacted by McLaurin's ongoing situation.

Apr 25, 2022 11:35 AM EST

Joining team but won't practice

McLaurin isn't expected to participate in on-field work this offseason, but he will be at the Commanders team facility Tuesday, Nicki Jhabvala of The Washington Post reports.

Analysis: At this point in mid-April, workouts are voluntary and don't include much on-field work, if any. The bigger question will come later this spring when the team has mandatory minicamp (June 14-16) a week after the conclusion of OTAs. McLaurin will take part if he signs an extension before then, while he could opt to holdout if discussions are ongoing or stalled. The 2019 third-round pick is entering the fourth and final year of his rookie contract, averaging 74 catches for 1,030 yards and 5.3 TDs per season so far. McLaurin will work with a new QB again in 2022, with the Commanders trading for Carson Wentz and likely dropping Taylor Heinicke back to the second spot on the their depth chart.

Apr 18, 2022 12:10 PM EST

Closes out season strong

McLaurin brought in four of six targets for 93 yards in Washington's 22-7 win over the Giants on Sunday.

Analysis: The speedster easily paced Washington in receptions, receiving yards and targets to finish off the season with a second straight impressive performance. McLaurin generated an 11-154 line over the last two contests, and Sunday's production vaulted him over the 1,000-yard mark (1,053) for the second consecutive season. There's no questioning McLaurin's game-breaking ability, with the only factor seemingly putting a cap on him elevating to the elite tier of receivers in both a football and fantasy sense the spotty quarterback play he's endured thus far in his first three seasons.

Jan 9, 2022 3:16 PM EST

Volume returns

McLaurin recorded seven receptions on eight targets for 61 yards in Sunday's 20-16 loss to the Eagles.

Analysis: McLaurin earned at least eight targets for the first time since Week 10 and topped five targets for only the second time in his last five games. He didn't turn that into an elite level of production, though he did manage a pair of catches that went for double-digit gains. Despite having a season to forget due to Washington's poor quarterback play, McLaurin needs only 40 yards in a Week 18 matchup against the Giants to reach 1,000 for the campaign.

Jan 2, 2022 5:46 PM EST

Held to 40 yards in loss

McLaurin caught three of six targets for 40 yards in Sunday's 56-14 loss to Dallas.

Analysis: McLaurin -- like many Washington position players -- fell victim to an one-sided affair with few scoring opportunities for one side of the coin. The 26-year-old was tied for the team lead in targets, signaling that he is still the top dog in the Football Team's wideout rotation. McLaurin's solid fantasy season has come to screeching halt of late, as he has failed to top 51 yards or score a touchdown over the last five games. The talented receiver is clearly being limited by Washington's recent poor quarterback play, and there is no guarantee that his situation will improve ahead of next week's tilt against Philadelphia after this horrible overall performance by the offense.

Dec 26, 2021 10:02 PM EST

Team-leading yardage in loss

McLaurin brought in two of four targets for 51 yards in Washington's 27-17 loss to the Eagles on Tuesday night.

Analysis: McLaurin's receiving yardage tally, modest as it was, paced Washington on the night, although nearly all of it came on a 46-yard grab. The speedster's fantasy outlook was naturally dampened by the fact the Football Team was forced to go with Garrett Gilbert at quarterback in the absence of both Taylor Heinicke and Kyle Allen due to COVID-19 protocols. McLaurin's 51 yards also represent his high-water mark over the last four games, sending him into a Week 16 road matchup against the Cowboys in a near-month-long funk.

Dec 21, 2021 8:27 PM EST

No injury designation

McLaurin (concussion) doesn't carry an injury designation ahead of Tuesday's game against the Eagles.

Analysis: McLaurin fully participated in each of Washington's three practice sessions this week, and he'll be able to suit up against the Eagles on Tuesday. The 2019 third-rounder has been held in check across the last three games, as he's hauled in seven of 15 targets for 73 yards during that time.

Dec 20, 2021 11:59 AM EST

Practices fully again

McLaurin was a full participant in practice Sunday for the second day in a row, but Washington has yet to officially reveal whether he cleared the five-step concussion protocol, Pete Hailey of NBC Sports Washington reports.

Analysis: McLaurin may still need to pass the final step of the protocol -- gaining clearance from an independent neurologist -- before Washington confirms he'll be ready to play Tuesday against the Eagles, after the game was pushed back from Sunday due to the Football Team's COVID-19 outbreak. The consecutive full practices are a promising sign McLaurin will be good to go for the Week 15 contest, but his availability won't be known until Washington releases its final injury report later Sunday. If McLaurin suits up, he may be drawing targets from backup quarterback Kyle Allen (illness), who is likelier bet than normal starter Taylor Heinicke (illness) to return from the reserve/COVID-19 list before Tuesday. If neither Heinicke nor Allen is cleared, however, Washington would turn to practice-squad member Kyle Shurmur or the newly signed Garrett Gilbert to make a spot start at quarterback.

Dec 19, 2021 9:39 AM EST

Full practice Saturday

McLaurin practiced fully Saturday, Adam Caplan of SiriusXM NFL Radio reports.

Analysis: After suffering a concussion last Sunday against the Cowboys, McLaurin didn't practice Wednesday and then logged back-to-back limited sessions Thursday and Friday. By bumping up to all activity Saturday, he's reached the final stage on his quest through the protocol for head injuries. With two days to receive clearance from an independent neurologist, McLaurin has a decent shot to suit up Tuesday versus the Eagles. Who may be throwing him passes is up in the air, though, with both Taylor Heinicke (illness) and Kyle Allen (illness) on the reserve/COVID-19 list. If neither player is activated, McLaurin likely will be operating with Garrett Gilbert.

Dec 18, 2021 12:53 PM EST

Washington-Eagles moved to Tuesday

McLaurin (concussion) and Washington will no longer play the Eagles on Sunday, after the NFL officially rescheduled the matchup between the two teams for Tuesday at 7 p.m. ET.

Analysis: Due to ongoing COVID-19-related issues within Washington's organization, the NFL is hopeful that by delaying the game two days, the Football Team will restore enough players from the reserve/COVID-19 list to alleviate depth concerns on the roster. Assuming the game is held Tuesday as expected, McLaurin should be in good shape to play after he made notable progress in his recovery from the concussion by practicing in a limited capacity Thursday. Per Nicki Jhabvala of The Washington Post, head coach Ron Rivera said Friday that he's very optimistic McLaurin will exit the five-step concussion protocol before Tuesday's game, with the wideout's availability ultimately hinging on him getting clearance from an independent neurologist. Even if McLaurin suits up Tuesday, he may have to work with an unfamiliar quarterback, as the top two options on the depth chart -- starter Taylor Heinicke and top backup Kyle Allen -- tested positive for COVID-19 over the past few days, leaving the availability of both signal-callers in flux for Week 15.

Dec 17, 2021 1:45 PM EST

Expected to play

Coach Ron Rivera said Friday that he has a "very high" level of optimism that McLaurin will play in Sunday's game against the Eagles, Nicki Jhabvala of The Washington Postreports.

Analysis: J.D. McKissic (concussion), on the other hand, sounds truly questionable, while McLaurin apparently is on track to clear concussion protocol before Sunday's game. It'll be a less-than-ideal setup for receiving production, with Garrett Gilbert plucked off New England's practice squad for a potential Week 15 start after Washington QBs Taylor Heinicke and Garrett Gilbert were placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

Dec 17, 2021 10:23 AM EST

Bumps up to limited practice reps

Washington listed McLaurin (concussion) as a limited participant in Thursday's practice, John Keim of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: While the Washington roster continues to be ravaged by COVID-19-related absences, McLaurin's ability to upgrade from no participation in Wednesday's practice to limited activity Thursday qualifies as some rare good news. McLaurin will still need to receive clearance to take contact and will also need to get the green light from an independent neurologist in order to suit up Sunday in Philadelphia, but the wideout looks to be trending in a positive direction.

Dec 16, 2021 11:46 AM EST

Mixes into individual drills

McLaurin (concussion) took part in individual drills at Thursday's practice, John Keim of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: One day removed from working with team trainers on a side field, McLaurin appears to have cleared another hurdle in his quest through the protocol for head injuries. However, how much work he was able to handle won't be known until Washington posts its second Week 15 injury report later Thursday.

Dec 16, 2021 10:47 AM EST

Doesn't practice Wednesday

McLaurin (concussion) didn't practice Wednesday, John Keim of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: On a positive note, McLaurin worked on the side with team trainers just three days removed from entering the concussion protocol, according to JP Finlay of NBC Sports Washington. McLaurin will have two more opportunities to mix into drills this week, which he'll have to do in at least a limited capacity Thursday or Friday to give himself a chance to play Sunday at Philadelphia.

Dec 15, 2021 12:24 PM EST

Enters concussion protocol

Coach Ron Rivera said Monday that McLaurin has entered the concussion protocol, JP Finlay of NBC Sports Washington reports.

Analysis: McLaurin was forced out of Sunday's loss to the Cowboys after he sustained a concussion in the third quarter, and he'll have several steps to clear if he hopes to play against the Eagles on Sunday. If he isn't cleared to play, DeAndre Carter, Adam Humphries and Curtis Samuel should see additional work.

Dec 13, 2021 10:10 AM EST

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