Brandon Scherff, Washington Fail to Agree to New Contract; Will Play Under Tag

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistJuly 15, 2020

Washington Redskins offensive guard Brandon Scherff runs onto the field prior to during an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears, Monday, Sept. 23, 2019, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Mark Tenally)
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Washington and guard Brandon Scherff failed to reach a long-term contract agreement, which means he will play out the 2020 season on the franchise tag.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported the lineman was one of 12 players across the NFL who failed to secure a multiyear contract after being tagged. 

Scherff, 28, is due $15 million in 2020. The two sides had until the July 15 deadline for all franchised players to ink a long-term deal.

Scherff had previously indicated talks were going "well" before they apparently lost momentum over the last few months. 

"It's gone well," Scherff said in April of negotiations. "Just pretty much sat down and talked to my agentthat's what he's there forand I want to sign a long-term deal with them, too. I love it there, and I've always said I wanted to be [with this organization] for the rest of my career. So, hopefully we can work towards that."

Scherff has been limited by injuries each of the last two seasons, missing eight games in 2018 and five in 2019.

When he has been on the field, Scherff has remained a reliable run and pass-blocker. Pro Football Focus gave him a solid 75.0 grade last season, but he did commit nine penalties—tied for second-most among guards.

Both sides may have some interest in Scherff proving he can stay healthy—the team from a commitment standpoint, Scherff from a financial—before they wind up committing past 2020. 

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