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Brandon Scherff: 'I want to be a Redskin for the rest of my career'

Brandon Scherff: 'I want to be a Redskin for the rest of my career'

In his five years in the NFL, Redskins guard Brandon Scherff has established himself as one of the best interior offensive linemen in the league. 

A two-time Pro Bowler, Scherff is in the final year of his rookie contract with the Redskins and set to be a free agent this offseason. Although Scherff's current contract only guarantees him the rest of the season in a Burgundy and Gold uniform, there's only one team No. 75 wants to play for.

"But I want to stay here," Scherff told NBC Sports Washington's JP Finlay in an exclusive interview. "I want to be a Redskin for the rest of my career."

While the guard sounds committed to the Redskins, the team has to commit to him. The two sides had spoken about a potential extension this past summer, but there was no happy medium between them.

Earlier this season, a report came out that the Redskins offered Scherff an extension worth an average of $13 million per season, which would make him the second-highest-paid guard behind Dallas' Zach Martin.

But Scherff told NBC Sports Washington that he's in no rush to sign a contract extension right now.

"No, no updates. I think I’m going to wait until the end of the season to talk," Scherff said on a possible extension. "I’m not really focused on that right now. It’s going to be a big part of our life in the offseason."

If the Redskins don't come to an agreement with their Pro Bowl guard, they can also place the franchise tag on him.

The Redskins used the franchise tag following both 2015 and 2016 seasons on quarterback Kirk Cousins, while both sides tried to finalize a long-term deal. Neither side could come to an agreement, and Cousins signed a three-year, $84 million contract with the Vikings in 2018. 

Scherff and Cousins are good friends, and both of their wives are close to one another. The guard said he was "excited" to see Cousins when the Redskins play the Vikings on Thursday.

Scherff could be faced with a similar situation that Cousins was in a few years ago. But he insists he hasn't talked to Cousins about what it's like to be franchise tagged.

"No, I don’t like to talk about that with anybody," Scherff said. "Contracts are contracts and you kind of just leave it at that."

Right now, Scherff is saying all the right things. He's committed to the organization. He's taking it one day and game at a time. He wants to be here for the rest of his career. He's one of the best young offensive linemen in the game.

Now, it's up to the Redskins to invest their future in him.

"Like I said, I want to be a Redskin for the rest of my career," Scherff reiterated to Finlay. "We’ll figure it out when the season is over."

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Breaking down Dwayne Haskins and Derrius Guice's first NFL touchdown

Breaking down Dwayne Haskins and Derrius Guice's first NFL touchdown

Although the Redskins suffered a brutal loss to the Jets in Week 11, a glimpse of hope occurred in the fourth quarter between two players the Burgundy and Gold expect to be a large part of the future of the franchise.

Rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins threw his first NFL touchdown pass, a 45-yard screen pass to second-year running back Derrius Guice. The touchdown was the Redskins first in 16 quarters, and also Guice's first NFL touchdown as well.

Redskins running backs coach Randy Jordan broke down how the play unfolded.

Jordan emphasized that on the play design, Guice was instructed to follow right guard Brandon Scherff on the screen and to follow his release. Scherff did an excellent job of releasing off his initial blocker and getting to the edge, allowing Guice to do the rest.

"The biggest thing for Derrius is trusting his landmarks, getting on the numbers, working his angle blocks and getting the ball out on the edge," Jordan said.

Guice found himself in open space down the right sideline, with only one Jets defender in his path from the end zone. The LSU product was not going to let New York safety Marcus Maye stop him from scoring.

"What I really like about this play, is at the very end, we always talk about scoring. Don't allow one defender to bring you down to the ground," Jordan said. "He ends up setting them up with a chop cut, a foot fire, ends up running by the [defender], and he ends up scoring for a big play."

Unfortunately for the Redskins, the touchdown came when they were down by multiple scores, as the big play had no impact on the final result. But Washington hopes the Haskins and Guice connection is a staple in the Redskins offense for years to come.

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One year after injury, Redskins QB Alex Smith’s wife posts emotional recovery video

One year after injury, Redskins QB Alex Smith’s wife posts emotional recovery video

Almost exactly one year ago, Redskins quarterback Alex Smith's life changed forever.

On November 18, 2018, Smith suffered a gruesome leg injury in the third quarter of the Redskins clash with the Texans, ending his season and putting his football career in jeopardy. 

The quarterback's road to recovery has been far from smooth. He's had multiple surgeries on his leg and was forced to wear a metal fixator for several months. But Smith has never given up, with the goal to eventually play football again.

On the one year anniversary of his injury, Smith's wife, Elizabeth, posted on Instagram a motivational montage showing how far Smith's recovery has come. 

Although he hasn't played at all in 2019, Smith has been around the Redskins plenty. He made the trip down to Richmond for training camp, he's a regular at practice, and has served as a mentor for Redskins rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins.

What the future holds for Smith football-wise still remains uncertain, but he's done everything he can to help the team while sidelined.

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