Pro Bowl guard Brandon Scherff will play on a franchise tag in the 2020 NFL season after failing to agree on a long-term deal with Washington. But despite this, Scherff would like to spend his “whole career” with the organization.
“I’m just glad I get to play another year here,” Scherff told Washington’s official website on Wednesday. “I said my end goal is to end up as a [Washington Football] player my whole career, and I’m one more year closer to that. I’m just excited for this year.”
Scherff and Washington were engaged in negotiations in recent months after the player’s rookie contract expired back in March. However, the two sides couldn’t agree to terms, with the value of the deal being the biggest issue.
Washington reportedly only offered $13 million per year, something that Brandon Scherff unsurprisingly rejected. The 25-year-old guard will earn $15.5 million on the franchise tag alone, while he can get a lot more once he hits the free agency in 2021.
Despite the player’s loyalty, Washington will most likely have to significantly up their offer if they want to keep Scherff. If not, a lot of other NFL teams will be happy to pay him.
Scherff entered the league in 2015 as Washington’s fifth overall pick. He started 65 games since then and was selected to Pro Bowl three times.