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Washington Football Team WR Terry McLaurin has the ultimate admirer in free agent Richard Sherman

Terry McLaurin, Richard Sherman, Washington Football Team

Since he was selected in the third round of the 2019 NFL Draft, Washington Football Team wide receiver Terry McLaurin has been one of the lone bright spots for a franchise that has endured its share of upheaval over the last two years.

In just under 30 professional games, McLaurin has accumulated 145 receptions and over 2,000 receiving yards to go along with 11 career touchdowns. In the process, he almost singlehandedly elevated a passing attack that saw six different play-callers take a snap under center.

To hear free-agent cornerback Richard Sherman tell it, however, McLaurin could reach a whole other level if Washington could only find him a running mate.

“If he had anybody else beside him and they couldn’t just double him and cloud him all the time he’d be special, but that’s the hard thing, they can’t find anybody else,” the cornerback said on the “Cris Collinsworth Podcast” featuring Richard Sherman, via NFL.com. “They’ve got a bunch of guys who kind of flash, but he plays hard.

“He’s one of the better up-and-coming wideouts in the league.”

While Sherman is likely correct that a duel threat downfield would alleviate the pressure McLaurin regularly feels from defenses, the organization’s salary cap situation and roster needs make it doubtful that the team will find a solution in the free-agent market or the draft’s early rounds. With Washington in dire need of a long-term solution at the quarterback position—and appearing intent on bringing back guard Brandon Scherff—it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the $40 million the team possesses in cap space dry up quickly.

Though Washington Football Team fans, and Sherman from the sound of it, would almost certainly love to see the franchise pursue a target like Allen Robinson to pair with McLaurin, the realities of team-building make that duo unlikely.

With little help on the way, Terry McLaurin will have to reach the next stage of his career, all by himself.