Washington Football Team puts franchise tag on Brandon Scherff for second straight year
The Washington Football Team has designated right guard Brandon Scherff as their franchise player for a second straight year to avoid losing him to free agency, a person with knowledge of the situation confirmed.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team had yet to announce the news.
Washington had until 4 p.m. ET on Tuesday to use the franchise tag designation on Scherff. Otherwise, the team would’ve risked losing him to free agency when the league year opens next week.
The move means that Scherff will see his salary jump from $15.03 million (the figure for the first franchise tag) to $18.04 million, all of which counts against the salary cap, for the coming year.
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Washington and the four-time Pro Bowl lineman and 2020 All-Pro can still negotiate toward a long-term deal (and a more cap-friendly figure) until July 15. But if unsuccessful by that deadline, he would play on the tag and renegotiations could not resume until after the season.
Washington officials want to work out a long-term deal with Scherff, and according to a person with knowledge of the situation, talks have been amicable.
Scherff, the fifth overall pick of the 2015 draft, potentially could reset the market for guards. He was the highest-paid guard while playing on the tag last season, and now at $18 million, he’s venturing into offensive tackle territory.
Philadelphia’s Brandon Brooks is the second-highest paid guard this season, earning a salary of $14.087 million.
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