3 next steps for Commanders after trading for Carson Wentz
By Jerry Trotta
1. Extend Terry McLaurin
This one doesn’t need much of an explanation, but if Ron Rivera views Wentz as the long-term solution for Washington then the third-year head coach must move heaven and earn to extend Wentz’s undisputed No. 1 weapon.
The recent wide receiver movement around the NFL (Amari Cooper, Robert Woods and Tyreek Hill) has sparked debate amongst Commanders Twitter in regard to whether the team should listen to offers for Terry McLaurin. We’re not even going to dignify that with a response.
We’re not saying McLaurin needs to be a lifetime Commander, but locking him up for the rest of his prime would be a positive for both Wentz and the franchise. It would also be beneficial for McLaurin, who’s yet to play with a quarterback who has both elite arm strength and athleticism.
If there’s any receiver in the league who has the persistence to keep trying to get open on broken plays, it’s McLaurin, and Wentz is pretty darn good at evading a collapsing pocket. More importantly, McLaurin is exactly the type of character Washington should want spearheading its rebrand.
On the field, he’s productive (to say the least), durable, always willing to play through injury and a top 12-15 player at a premier position. Off the field, he’s humble and never passes up an opportunity to shower his teammates with praise.
Extend McLaurin. Don’t think twice about it.