The Washington Commanders are one of the many teams dealing with problems signing their key player to a new contract. In their case, they are looking to sign star wide receiver Terry McLaurin to an extension. The sides remain far apart on an agreement, though talks remain ongoing.

The Commanders may not have an interest in shelling out a ton of money to one wide receiver. However, they are still not ready to relent on contract negotiations for their best pass-catcher. Head coach Ron Rivera made it clear that the Commanders will not trade McLaurin, though he also doesn't know how much longer coming to a contract agreement will take.

McLaurin has led Washington in receiving yards in each of his three seasons in the NFL. He recorded 1,053 receiving yards, 77 catches and five receiving touchdowns. The arrival of Jahan Dotson, who Washington picked 16th overall in the 2022 NFL Draft, gives the Commanders another solid receiving threat but it also gives them a backup plan if the situation with McLaurin is rendered untenable.

The busy trade market this offseason has led to wide receivers getting paid handsomely left and right. McLaurin has earned a big payday with his production over the past three seasons but he and Washington remain apart on an ideal new contract.

A messy situation with McLaurin is the last thing the Commanders need as they bring Carson Wentz in. After some rocky seasons littered with turnover concerns, the team needs stability around its new quarterback. Without McLaurin, the passing game may fall completely apart.