No. 3 – Chargers OG Trai Turner
Hot take: Sign Trai Turner and then trade Brandon Scherff.
The only guard thus far that’s come close to matching Scherff’s $18 million value is Joe Thuney, who received a five-year deal worth $16 million annually from the Kansas City Chiefs. The next highest value for a guard so far has been Kevin Zeitler’s $7.5 million annual value with the Giants.
Right now, Scherff has the most inflated contract value on the market, and after the Washington Football Team signed Ryan Fitzpatrick yesterday, their intentions for 2021 became pretty clear. It’s more than likely going to be a bridge year. Thus, it serves no purpose to pay Scherff $18 million this year, and then let him walk in 2022, aside from the possible compensatory pick.
The Washington Football Team can save over $10 million in cap space and receive a likely Day 2 pick if they trade Scherff and sign someone like Chargers guard Trai Turner. Turner is coming off the worst season of his pro career, but with Ron Rivera and the Panthers, he was one of the best guards in the league year in and year out. If he can get that back, this could be a heist of a move.
Turner earned five straight Pro Bowl nods with the Panthers, and he’s two years younger than Scherff, set to turn 28 later this offseason. There’s a larger contention window for Turner, at a considerably lower cost. The Washington Football Team shouldn’t hesitate to be flexible, if it means coming away with more value overall.