Brandon Scherff is now attached to a monster guard salary. Washington’s twice-franchise-tagged offensive lineman signed the second of those tenders Friday, according to Field Yates of ESPN.com (on Twitter).
This will guarantee Scherff’s $18.04M franchise tag salary. Washington franchised Scherff again earlier this week with the hope of locking him down long term. Should the sides fail to agree on an extension by July 15, Scherff moved to ensure his lucrative 2021 tag salary will be locked in.
Scherff has been eligible to sign an extension since the 2018 offseason. Washington then picked up the Pro Bowler’s 2019 fifth-year option, used the franchise tag in 2020 and has now used it again. The team has put off a long-term arrangement with the 2015 first-round pick for quite some time now, but with Scherff continuing to produce and remaining by far the best O-lineman on Washington’s roster, he has moved into good position to land a long-sought-after extension.
Some urgency may exist on Scherff’s part as well. He has a history of injuries, including an MCL issue that sidelined him for three games last season, and will turn 30 later this year. Still, the second franchise tag will put the four-time Pro Bowler in strong position this offseason.