No. 1 receiver the Jaguars could trade for – Terry McLaurin.
The Washinton Commanders haven’t been as bad as the Jaguars have been in recent years. In fact, they made the playoffs as recently as 2020 but they haven’t been particularly great either, amassing a 24-41 record over the last four seasons. While they have been hindered by their inability to find a starting quarterback, wide receiver Terry McLaurin has shined and has been one of their few bright spots since they made him a third-round pick in the 2019 draft.
Last season, McLaurin hauled in 77 receptions for 1053 yards with five touchdowns. He averaged 13.7 yards per catch and was arguably Washington’s best offensive player. He’s posted two straight 1000-yard seasons and came close in his rookie campaign, logging 919 receiving yards. Carson Wentz is set to start at quarterback for the Commanders in 2022 and he will have a reliable weapon in McLaurin… or maybe not.
See, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that McLaurin, along with fellow receivers Deebo Samuel and A.J. Brown “won’t be partaking in offseason workouts until they get a new deal“. All of them are entering the last year of their rookie contracts and want to get compensated like the playmakers they are. Do you blame them?
There’s always a team willing to pay a premium for talent and if the Commanders aren’t interested in giving McLaurin a new contract, someone else will. So why would Washington send the wide receiver packing to another club? They will soon need to give deals to edge rusher Chase Young and defensive tackle Jonathan Allen and if they don’t want to pay all, they could trade McLaurin, acquire additional round picks and save money to pay Allen and Young.