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McLaurin Inks New Deal; Highest Bonus Ever For Receiver

The Washington Commanders and Terry McLaurin agreed to a three-year contract extension today. In that contract, McLaurin received a $28 Million signing bonus – the highest ever given to any wide receiver.

The new deal is said to be in the neighbourhood of $71 Million in new money and contain $53 Million in guaranteed money. McLaurin’s agents Buddy Baker and Tony Bonagura managed to put McLaurin into the top five bracket of wide receivers.

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Commanders Sign More Than A Dozen Undrafted Free Agents

Coming off a busy Day 3 of the 2022 NFL Draft, the Commanders continued their search for new talent this week. Washington have signed more than a dozen undrafted free agents already. In doing so, they hope they can find a gem or two to plug into their lineup.

The descriptive word you heard most for this year’s draft was “deep”. So it only makes sense that even after 7 rounds of selections, the Commanders still had work to do. Take note of how many “academic” mentions there are – obviously something that Head Coach Ron Rivera was looking for.

Here is a list of the players that Washington have signed as UDFA’s already:

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Moment Of Silence For Dwayne Haskins On His 25th Birthday

Dwayne Haskins would have turned 25 today.

Nobody should die that young. What a terrible loss for his family and everybody who loved him.

The Haskins family are inviting people to participate in a moment of silence tonight at 8pm. They hope that others will “reflect on the memories that Dwayne brought to our lives with his affectionate smile.”

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The Entire Washington Commanders 2022 NFL Draft Haul

The Washington Commanders went into the 2022 NFL Draft having just six draft selections. They would make eight selections over the weekend, and a strong day on Day 3 would help them fortify a solid 2022 draft haul.

They parlayed their eleventh overall pick, into the sixteenth overall pick and two additional picks. A deal to move down with the New Orleans Saints, netted Washington a third round and a fourth round pick – 98th and 120th overall respectively.

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Commanders Move Back, Then Take WR Dotson At Sixteen Spot

The Washington Commanders went into Thursday night, having just six picks in the 2022 NFL Draft. When the time came to make a pick with their first one, they struck a deal with the New Orleans Saints and added two more selections. Five picks later, they selected wide receiver Jahan Dotson out of Penn State.

The Deal

Washington surrendered their 11th overall pick to New Orleans. In exchange, the Saints gave up the 16th overall pick, as well as picks in the 3rd (98th overall) and 4th (120th overall) rounds.

The Commanders now have eight picks in the Draft, which puts them in a considerably stronger position to find some winners.

The 16th Overall Pick

The Commanders surprised a few people when they selected Dotson, but perhaps only because he wasn’t as talked about in the media as some of the other wide receivers. The reality is that there was a massive run on receivers – with SIX going in the first eighteen picks.

Obviously the tremendous amount of money being paid at the position this off-season, is really making franchises look at their options. If you can land a bona fide future superstar early in the draft, it can save a franchise close to $100M in future salary cap.

It was the first time Head Coach Ron Rivera has used his first round selection on the offensive side of the ball. Jamin Davis and Chase Young were Rivera’s defensive selections in his first two seasons.

Dotson was also the Washington Commanders very first draft pick.

What Did They Get?

As for Dotson himself, he has been called by some, “the surest hands in the Draft.” He dropped just two balls in 138 targets last year. That’s obviously a major selling point for an NFL receiver.

At 5’11” and 180-ish pounds, he’s definitely not the biggest pass catcher in the league. He will need to eat some meat and potatoes and put some weight on that frame.

But he was a real menace at Penn State and very difficult to cover. While there may not have been the hype to his game, that say Drake London or Garrett Wilson received, he does seem ready to deliver the goods at the next level.

The 22-year-old had 91 catches for 1,182 yards with the Nittany Lions last year. He also scored 12 touchdowns. In fact, he had 21 career receiving touchdowns at Penn State – ten of them more than 40 yards. He is a legitimate deep threat. He ran a 4.43 40-yard dash.

He also has special team experience. He is an excellent punt returner, which will potentially fill another need.

Strengths

NFL Draft Buzz had this to say about Dotson:

A slippery runner with elusive footwork. Has little to no wasted movements between the reception and burst upfield.

Shows quickness off the snap to shake off corners and create room. Separates with hesitation moves and nice acceleration.

Dotson is a big-play producer. Since the start of last season, he is tied with Olave, Smith, and Jaelon Darden for the most 20-plus-yard TD catches in the country with 11.

Check out the rest of the profile here.

 

Strong Athlete

In high school, Dotson began showing his elite athleticism. He won the PIAA state championships in both the 4×100 relay and long jump (2016).

He also won regional state titles in both the 100m and 200m in 2018.

Now A Strength?

Dotson joins Terry McLaurin, Curtis Samuel, Cam Sims and 2021 third-round pick Dyami Brown in the receiving corps.

That has the potential to become a dangerous unit, and new quarterback Carson Wentz should hopefully have enough reliable targets to put together a comeback season.

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Commanders Draft Primer: Picks, Needs, Targets And More

The 2022 NFL Draft is upon us! The action will kick off tonight at 8pm in Las Vegas with the first round. The second and third rounds will take place tomorrow night, and the remaining rounds four through seven will go on Saturday.

Here is an overview of some of the things you might need to know going into the Draft.

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Wallpaper Wednesday: The Squire – Vintage Jack Kent Cooke

Typically there are only #WallpaperWednesdays during the regular season, but sometimes exceptions have to be made.

Like marking the occasion of the anniversary of the passing of the late, great Jack Kent Cooke.

Incredibly, it has been 25 years since The Squire passed away.

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Commanders Flexing Legal Muscles In Ticket Scandal

The Washington Commanders have taken the opportunity to flex their legal muscles and try to beat down the latest ticket revenue scandal. Or so it seems. The latest public statement from the organization is making its rounds today, and once again, the public perception of it appears less than favorable.

“In America, it’s about how much justice you can afford.” – O.J. Simpson.

It’s unfortunate who the source is, but it is a very accurate legal statement. And who knows it better than O.J.?

Perhaps Washington Commanders owner Dan Snyder. He is surely one of the most litigious individuals in the history of football.

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Commanders Add ‘Withholding Ticket Revenue’ To Scandals

The hardest part of following the Washington Commanders’ scandals, has become tracking them all. That says something in itself. The latest allegation is that Washington did not share home ticket sales with opposing teams. Is it true?

A report from A.J. Perez of Front Office Sports alleged that, “the Commanders did not pass along the required 40% share of ticket sales to visiting teams.”

According to the report, at least one person gave information to Congressional investigators in the House Oversight Committee. The Committee has been examining the finances of the team and owner, as well as the hostile workplace allegations.

Since the article was released, there have been some legal back-and-forths from both sides of the equation.

The Commanders released the following statement:

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Washington Commanders Free Agent Signings And Re-Signings

The new league year began on March 16th, and with it, there was a frenzy of activity as teams try and better themselves for the upcoming season. What have the Washington Commanders done?

Keep checking back to this page for all of their major signings, re-signings and trades.

Updated: March 24th

Trades

The biggest news of the off-season for Washington so far, is acquiring veteran quarterback Carson Wentz from the Indianapolis Colts.

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