Washington Football Team: 3 most intriguing trade chips on roster
By Jerry Trotta
The Washington Football Team stinks.
They were on the verge on being lumped into the dreaded “s” category entering Sunday’s tilt against the Denver Broncos. After losing to a team that was on its own four-game skid, Washington officially stinks.
It’s anyone’s guess as to how many wins they’ll finish with this season, but we wouldn’t fault fans who have one eye on the 2022 draft. In all likelihood, Washington will end the year with nothing lower than a top 10 pick.
However, let’s not get ahead of ourselves. With the trade deadline coming at 4 p.m. EST on Tuesday, the Football Team can still cut bait with some players who might not fit into their future plans.
Suffice it to say that Washington’s roster isn’t littered with appealing trade chips, but these three guys could help the franchise net a decent return.
3 most enticing trade chips on Washington’s roster
3. Brandon Scherff
We know what you’re gonna say. Scherff is guaranteed $18.036 million on the franchise tag, what team can afford to absorb that salary mid-season? Very few, actually, but let’s not pretend like contenders don’t jump through financial hoops during both free agency and leading up to the trade deadline.
Folks, the financially-constrained Rams just finagled acquiring Von Miller from Denver. How did they pull that off? The Broncos have agreed to pay $9 million of Miller’s remaining $9.7 million base salary for the remaining nine games.
It can be done. All Washington would have to do is agree to take some of Scherff’s salary to the chin. If it means netting a potential Day 2 draft pick in return for the former All-Pro guard, who would say no to that?
We don’t love the idea of trading Scherff. He’s one of the longest-tenured players on the roster and a stalwart at the right guard position. However, he’s set to hit free agency AGAIN this offseason.
The simple solution would be to extend him … but that hasn’t happened in each of the last two offseasons. Either Washington has low-balled Scherff in negotiations, or the 29-year-old’s agency has overvalued is overall worth.
Whatever the case, if the Football Team can cash in on Scherff to avoid another nauseating round of negotiations after the season, we say DO it.