Brandon Scherff had a more eventful Tuesday than you. The 27-year-old made the 2020 Pro Bowl as a reserve, but unfortunately, he also was placed on injured reserve with elbow and shoulder ailments. The second part ends his season, and potentially, his Redskins career.
Obviously, landing on I.R. matters for Scherff. But it also means a lot to Wes Martin.
Martin, a rookie fourth-rounder, played in place of Scherff in Week 15's game against the Eagles. It was his third start of the year at right guard, and he's now set up to start two more times as well.
So, could Martin be auditioning for the job next season? It's quite possible.
Scherff is a very, very good offensive lineman, a former first-rounder who's definitely delivered on his draft status for Washington. He's now a three-time Pro Bowler and a guy who does incredible work up front for the Burgundy and Gold.
However, he's also a guy who's about to enter free agency for the first time as a pro, and the Redskins will have to decide how much they want to keep him. His talent is unquestionable, but that's not the only thing the organization will take into account.
One key part to consider is that Scherff's ending his second-straight campaign on I.R., and in total, he'll have missed 13 of the team's last 32 games because of injury. This is a roster that needs more reliable pieces, and unfortunately, No. 75 hasn't been reliable lately.
Even with those health issues, though, Scherff is in line for a hefty new contract come March (if the Redskins don't tag him this offseason, which is an option). The top guards in the league are signing deals that are nearing $15 million in average annual value, which is a number he very well could be looking for.
That's where Martin comes into all of this.
Of course, the Indiana product is nowhere near the player that Scherff is at this point. That said, he's garnering decent reviews for his spot duty so far, and he'll have two more chances to show the coaching staff and front office what he can do and what he projects to be in the future.
If Martin handles those two tests capably, then the Redskins will have to ask themselves: Is the established yet recovering Scherff for $14 or $15 million a year the direction they want to head in at right guard, or is the unproven but developing Martin for a fraction of Scherff's cost the better route?
Plenty of critical choices lie ahead for the Redskins, including hiring a new head coach, figuring out what to do with Bruce Allen and nailing their top selection in the draft. Somewhere further down the list is the Scherff-Martin dilemma, yet it's a dilemma that's absolutely on the list and one that will have an impact on the franchise.
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