On Tuesday, the Dallas Cowboys archrivals hit them in a way that will affect them on the field, and at the negotiation tables.

The Washington Commanders and wide receiver Terry McLaurin are now tied to each other on a three-year, $70 million deal. Over $53 million guaranteed.

Not only do the Cowboys need to deal with Scary Terry through 2025, it also sets the WR market for one CeeDee Lamb. Lamb, a 2020 first-round pick, becomes eligible for a contract extension next off-season. By then, the market is likely to be even higher.

McLaurin is now the 12th WR to have an average yearly earning of $20 million or more with over $23 million (6th most). Meaning Lamb is likely to fall into this as well, possibly even exceeding it.

Despite playing a season apart, they’ve put up identical production early in their respective careers.

How their stats compare in the present day:

  • Terry McLaurin (3 seasons) – 222 receptions (4.8/game) 3,090 yards (67.2/game) and 16 touchdowns. 0 All-Pro’s. 0 Pro Bowls.
  • CeeDee Lamb (2 seasons) – 153 receptions (4.8 per game) 2,037 yards (63.7/game) and 11 touchdowns. 0 All-Pro’s. 1 Pro Bowl.

If the Dallas Cowboys are looking to lock in their new No. 1 WR long-term, they might want to consider signing him after his third season. McLaurin is only the latest WR to earn a massive payday.

Players like Tyreek Hill, Davante Adams, Mike Williams and AJ Brown have already gotten new contracts. While WRs like DK Metcalf, Deebo Samuel, Diontae Johnson and even Justin Jefferson could be next to alter the market.

Now that McLaurin will be a thorn in the Cowboys side for the next few years, they’ll need to start thinking about what it will eventually cost to keep Lamb.

The team doesn’t have much depth behind Lamb by way of experience, aside from Michael Gallup. With how the WR room is stacking up, with Gallup likely missing a few games, his targets and productions will increase.

As well as the cost to keep.

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