Valentine’s Day superlatives for Redskins ahead of 2020 offseason
Marry Me: OL Brandon Scherff
Okay, we might be coming on a little strong here. And again, some people won’t agree with this, but the Redskins and Brandon Scherff should agree to get “Married”.
Think about it like this. The Redskins and Scherff have been dating for five years since they selected him with the No. 5 overall pick in 2015. And for the most part, he has been excellent in his role as a starting right guard. After all, he has been a three-time Pro Bowler for the ‘Skins and he is widely regarded as one of the best at his position when healthy.
Of course, health is the issue here. Scherff has missed 15 games over the course of the past three seasons and in 2019, he didn’t quite look to be at full strength in his first season back from a torn pectoral. That, plus an elbow injury that plagued him, caused him to play at a level below his peak.
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But further removed from the pec injury, Scherff should be better off. And if he can stay on the field, he will be one of the better interior linemen in the league once again.
Some fans won’t want to give Scherff an extension. They’ll point to the injury issues he dealt with as well as the relative cost of keeping Ereck Flowers and starting 2019 fourth-round pick Wes Martin in place of Scherff. That’s all well and good, and Flowers and Martin both played well at the end of last season. But that doesn’t change that fact that Scherff is the best of all three talent-wise. And considering that Scherff is just 28, he still has plenty of good years left in him.
In an ideal scenario, the Redskins and Scherff would get “married” on a multi-year deal that would make Scherff among the highest-paid guards in the league, but would also protect the team against his injury woes. In short, an incentive-heavy deal would make a lot of sense.
If the ‘Skins slap Scherff with the franchise tag, nobody will complain. It’d be like getting an engagement of sorts. But it may be time for the team to just pony up and pay the man. After all, they did pick up his fifth-year option, so they clearly like him enough to keep him. It’s just a matter of whether or not they can agree on a deal.
In a league where offensive line play is paramount to on-field success, letting Scherff walk wouldn’t make much sense. He could quickly turn into the one who got away if the team ends up shopping for a lower-budget replacement with less talent.