The Washington Football Team announced on Monday evening they have placed their franchise tag on right guard Brandon Scherff. This is the second straight season Scherff has been assigned the franchise tag. The tender price on the offensive line franchise tag is normally $14,507,000, but because Scherff was tagged last year, he gets a 20 percent increase on his 2020 salary — which means he will earn $18.03 million this season.
NFL teams were able to start tagging players starting on Tuesday, February 23rd with a deadline of March 9th. Teams can still sign a tagged player to a longterm deal up until July 15th. Players would rather get longterm deals instead of a single season franchise tag that gives them a one-year contract, but they do get a reasonable sum. Unfortunately that payday doesn’t come with much longterm security.
Scherff earned his fourth straight Pro Bowl appearance in 2020, but more importantly was named first-team All Pro for the first time in his career. He is the first Washington player to be so honored since punter Matt Turk was a first-teamer in 1996, per ESPN’s John Keim.
Scherff is a strong presence on Washington’s offensive line, but injuries have been an issue. After playing all 32 games over his first two seasons, Scherff has failed to play every game in any season since. He missed two games in 2017, eight in 2018, five in 2019, and three last season. Washington has $36,954,822 in cap space, but the injuries likely play some factor in their decision not to try harder in working out a long-term contract with their All Pro guard.