As it stands, McLaurin will become an unrestricted free agent next year. The Commanders receiver will play the upcoming 2022 campaign on the final year of his rookie deal, where he is set to earn a base salary of $2.8 million.
Overall, the Commanders are aiming to keep McLaurin in Washington for years to come. ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler notes that the Commanders’ offseason plan “is coming into focus,” which includes their ambition to “load up” to sign the wideout to an extension deal.
The Commanders view an extension for McLaurin as “very much the priority.”
Commanders head coach Ron Rivera noted in January that the team will do “everything we can” to come to terms with the versatile wideout on an extension agreement.
Spotrac does project a market value of a $20.4 million average annual value salary for McLaurin, which could see him be in line for a four-year, $81.9 million extension deal.
McLaurin is coming off of a season where he recorded 1,053 receiving yards and five receiving touchdowns. He is slated to once again be the team’s No. 1 wideout option in the 2022 campaign.