It was about a year ago that Ron Rivera explained the new regime in Washington wanted to get to know players before giving out contract extensions. In turn, that meant right guard Brandon Scherff would play the 2020 season on the franchise tag.
That experiment worked well for Scherff, and now with the possibility of free agency coming in just two months, Washington's first All-Pro player since 1996 wants to stick around.
"I've been here 6 years and I absolutely love it here," Scherff said Sunday morning. "We are building something here to absolutely make a run in the future."
Scherff explained that he's always been the type of person that wants to finish what he starts, and in Washington, there is real momentum for the first offseason in some time. Much of that swings with an improved and young defense, but offensively, it also feels like if Washington can sort out its quarterback issues, the unit could make an explosive jump.
The key piece? Washington Football coach Ron Rivera.
"We never gave up. Coach Rivera wanted to come in and change the culture, and he did. I absolutely love him," Scherff said. "To see how he coached us with everything he was going through was just inspiring."
Free agency is no sure thing, and Scherff will be able to command mega-dollars on the open market. That could mean a contract worth $15 million per-year, or more.
He's worth it. Making the All-Pro team is the highest honor the NFL gives out. Scherff played at a dominant level this season when healthy, and while he's missed games due to injury the last four seasons, the former No. 5 overall pick played 13 games this season, his most since 2017.
Washington already made a move to lock in center Chase Roullier with a four-year contract extension, and if the team can bring back Scherff, it would mean all five offensive linemen could return in 2021.