The Washington Commanders are embroiled in a contract dispute that could potentially derail their 2022 season before it even gets off the ground.
Star wide receiver Terry McLaurin did not report to mandatory minicamp on Monday, which could mark the first step in an extended holdout.
McLaurin is reportedly unhappy with how his contract negotiations have gone. On Sunday, the Washington Post’s Nicki Jhabvala reported the two sides "are still far apart" on an extension, so McLaurin is currently training in Florida rather than with teammates in Ashburn, Virginia.
The fourth-year wideout recently became eligible for an extension as a member of the 2019 draft class. McLaurin has exceeded expectations since coming into the league as a third-round pick and is now seeking both long-term security and a pay increase over the $2.79 million base salary that he is slated to make in the final year of his rookie deal.
The No. 76 overall pick in 2019 has racked up an impressive 3,090 receiving yards and 16 touchdowns on 222 receptions over the last three seasons despite Washington's unstable quarterback situation.
McLaurin has played with eight different starting signal-callers since entering the league. That number will increase to nine with Carson Wentz set to take the reins in 2022 after coming to Washington in a trade back in March.
Wentz said he's spoken with McLaurin a bunch this offseason, according to The Athletic’s Ben Standig, and they've participated in workouts together as well. The quarterback is confident that his top weapon will be ready for the upcoming campaign, but their chemistry won’t benefit from an extended holdout.