Latest On Redskins OL Brandon Scherff

It doesn’t sound like Brandon Scherff will sign a long-term deal with the Redskins. ESPN’s John Keim reports “there isn’t much optimism” that the franchise-tagged offensive lineman will ink an extension prior to the July 15th deadline.

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Earlier this offseason, the 28-year-old became the first guard to receive the franchise tag since 2011. He quickly signed that deal, and there was optimism from both sides that they’d agree to an extension. Keim notes that the organization has “expressed a desire to keep [Scherff] long term,” while the previous lineman indicated that he wants to stick around.

“It’s gone well,” Scherff said back in April. “Just pretty much sat down and talked to my agent — that’s what he’s there for — and I want to sign a long-term deal with them, too. I love it there, and I’ve always said I wanted to be a Redskin for the rest of my career. So, hopefully we can work towards that.”

If Scherff doesn’t sign an extension prior to the July 15th deadline, he’ll lock himself into a one-year, $15.03MM deal.

Washington drafted Scherff fifth overall back in 2015, and the Iowa product has since started all 65 of his NFL games. While he only missed two games from 2015-17, he’s been sidelined for 13 games over the past two seasons. When he’s been on the field, Scherff has been one of the NFL’s best offensive linemen, and he earned his third career Pro Bowl nod in 2019.

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6 comments on “Latest On Redskins OL Brandon Scherff

  1. cjmask

    Well one thing seems certain either way, he won’t be a “Redskin” for the rest of his career.

  2. mdunkel

    Everyone now wants to be a “ insert team name here” for life. Just come out and say I want to be paid.

  3. markdavisbarber

    Scherff entered the year as a highlight hopeful to sign a huge contract. Unfortunately he consistently got recognized for his offensive holding and false starts. Like 3-5 a game famous.

    Does not bold well for a new long term contract with a new coaching staff.

    • Technically correct

      I hope the new staff treads lightly when discussing those issues during the negotiations @markdavisbarber. You don’t want him mad because that would be a Sherff ire way for him to leave.

  4. Interesting to see how this ends. This guy has been a multi-year All Pro and has graded out at the top of the league for an OG. Yet, with the market being where it is, it’s perfectly rational for the Skins to not want to give him an elite contract (e.g., 20 mm/year multi-year) after his rookie deal. But there’s an obvious question: Why use a top 5 pick on any player if, regardless of whether he’s as good as you hoped, you’re not willing to give him an elite contract? 20 mm of cap space for a single player is limited resource, but so is a top 5 draft pick. If it doesn’t make sense to use the space on OG (and it likely doesn’t), how can it make sense to use a top 5 pick on one?

  5. compassrose

    That is not true there are a bunch of guys taken high in the draft that are busts. Why would you give them a long term contract with a lot of money? Cut bait and let em run. If you look at where you pick them to make that decision you won’t have a job for long.

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