Report: Redskins, Brandon Scherff ‘far apart’ on contract negotiations
Washington Redskins guard Brandon Scherff is entering the final year of his contract, and it doesn’t appear the two sides are close on getting a deal done.
Scherff has been called a priority this off-season but according to a report on Monday from Erin Hawksworth on 106.7 The Fan’s via NBC Sports, he has been offered many new contracts, but the two sides are still far apart.
Even though the two sides are far apart it still seems there is a sense of urgency to get a deal done, because if there is no deal done before free agency, he will enter it unrestricted.
The former Pro Bowler is set to make $12.5 million this upcoming season because the Redskins picked up his fifth-year option. The Redskins can always franchise tag him before he hits the open market next season, but trying to get a long term deal makes a lot more sense.
Trent Williams is currently holding out for a new contract, which makes Scherff this year and going forward even more important.
Last season he missed eight games with a torn pectoral muscle and the Redskins had issues replacing him, and losing him would be a big blow to the team’s line.
Paying $15 million or more a year for a guard might be a tough pill to swallow but the Redskins need to figure out if it’s worth giving him a long term deal, or letting him walk in free agency. If the team decides to let him walk he will be a hot commodity in free agency and will no doubt get a big deal.