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NFL - US Sports: Rivals ready to pounce for McLaurin

Washington Commanders haven't totally extinguished trade talk surrounding Terry McLaurin, despite head coach Ron Rivera stating the team "wouldn't entertain" calls about their fourth-year wide receiver.

The Commanders are 9/2 to regain the NFC East title they last won as Washington Football Team in 2020, when Rivera's roster posted a 7-9 record.

Washington have made some interesting moves this off-season - the most eye-catching being the trade to acquire Carson Wentz from the Indianapolis Colts - but more business could be done before the draft at the end of the month.

According to The Athletic, rivals are preparing to pounce for McLaurin "in case an opening emerges" because of his contract situation.

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The 26-year-old is set to play on the final year of his rookie deal in 2022 - earning a relatively modest $2.79million salary for a player who has recorded back-to-back seasons of 1,000-plus receiving yards.

The Commanders would ideally tie him down to a long-term extension sometime soon, but the free agent market for wide receivers has gone stratospheric this year and could make negotiations difficult for the team.

McLaurin close to franchise status

McLaurin recorded 222 receptions, 3,090 receiving yards and 16 touchdowns during his three seasons in Washington and another year like that would probably ensure the team used the franchise tag on him in 12 months' time, should new deal talks stall.

During last week's NFL owners' meetings, Rivera said the Commanders "wouldn't entertain" calls about McLaurin.

"I think the biggest thing is just (telling) everybody patience," Rivera said, via New York Post. "We've got plenty of time. We're mapping things out as an organization. We're prepared for all that stuff."

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