This pre-season has been the one where the top wide receivers have been paid the big money.
And three of the NFL’s best young receivers are reported to be ready to down tools, until they get their big payday too.
Deebo Samuel (San Francisco 49ers), A.J.Brown (Tennessee Titans) and Terry McLaurin (Washington Commanders) are the trio seeking a fresh deal and all are believed to have indicated to their team that they won’t participate in any on-field work during the offseason unless they get a fresh deal.
The Titans and Commanders started their program for the offseason on Monday, with the 49ers starting today. A.J.Brown did not report in for the Titans on Monday as he and his team are working with the Titans on an extension of his rookie deal.
Given the money handed out to star receivers this post-season, it is not surprising that three more top stars at the position want their slice of the pie.
Mega Money For Receivers
Just how well some of the top receivers in the NFL have been paid this off-season is
KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI – JANUARY 23: Stefon Diggs #14 of the Buffalo Bills catches the two point conversion against Anthony Hitchens #53 of the Kansas City Chiefs during the fourth quarter in the AFC Divisional Playoff game at Arrowhead Stadium on January 23, 2022 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by David Eulitt/Getty Images)
easy to see when you take a look at some of the deals signed.
Davante Adams signed 5-year deal worth up to $142.5 million with Las Vegas Raiders
Tyreek Hill signed 4-year deal worth $120m with the Miami Dolphins
Stefon Diggs signed a four-year extension with the Buffalo Bills worth $104 million
Christian Kirk signed a four-year extension with the Jacksonville Jaguars worth $72 million
Mike Williams signed a three-year extension with the Los Angeles Chargers worth $60 million
Chris Godwin signed a three-year extension with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers worth $60 million
This trio of receivers will feel that they are certainly due a contract somewhere on this list.
Who Wants A Big Payday And Why?
Deebo Samuel, although a wide receiver on the roster, is a key part of the 49ers
Los Angeles, CA – January 30: San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel (19) runs past Los Angeles Rams cornerback David Long Jr. (22) for a touchdown during the second quarter of the NFC Championships at SoFi Stadium on Sunday, Jan. 30, 2022 in Los Angeles, CA. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
offense, also lining up as a running back frequently.
His value to that offense is certainly as important as the likes of Adams, Diggs and Hill to their teams.
The same can be said of A.J.Brown, who has been a stud for the Titans since being drafted.
Although he suffered with injuries a little last season, he was still a massive influence on the team and the Titans went 11-2 last season when he played (1-3 when he didn’t).
Alongside Derrick Henry, he is the focal point of a Titans offense and having just signed Robert Woods to play opposite him, the Titans will be desperate to keep their star receiver.
Terry McLaurin’s situation is more intriguing. He has become a top-quality receiver at a Washington team that hasn’t really shone on offense over the last few years.
Signing quarterback Carson Wentz may have persuaded McLaurin to stay, or he could also hang fire to see if any other team is interested in offering him a deal, if the Commanders look like struggling once again in the NFC East.
In the NFL though, money talks and there are sure to be plenty of intense negotiations between these three players and their respective agents and franchises over the coming weeks and months.
None of the three teams are going to want a key part of their offense absent from practices over the next few months, so I’d expect contract talks to be top of the to-do list for these three teams.
The question is whether they can find the money to offer these wide receiving talents enough to stay, without plunging the team into a cap-space issue further down the line.
FEATURED IMAGE – PHILADELPHIA, PA – DECEMBER 21: Terry McLaurin #17 of the Washington Football Team looks on against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on December 21, 2021 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)