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Redskins reportedly offer Brandon Scherff contract extension

Redskins reportedly offer Brandon Scherff contract extension

The Washington Redskins are building for the future, and one of the team's most important building blocks is 27-year-old right guard Brandon Scherff.

The two-time Pro Bowler was selected by the Redskins with the No. 5 overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft and has become the team's most important offensive lineman not named Trent Williams.

Prior to the start of the 2018 season, the team picked up the fifth-year option on Scherff worth $12.5 million, meaning the former Iowa Hawkeye will become a free agent at the end of the 2019 season. The Redskins have made it clear that they want to re-sign Scherff, but previous reports from NBC Sports Washington's JP Finlay indicate that the two sides continue to be far apart in negotiations.

That makes the Monday news that the team is reportedly offering a contract extension all the more interesting. A deal worth more than $13 million per year is what is being reported, per the NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. 

"From what I understand about Brandon Scherff is that the Redskins have had some contact with him, some negotiations on a potential big-time long-term extension," Rapoport said Monday morning on NFL NOW, prior to the Redskins' Week 3 Monday Night Football game against the Chicago Bears.

 "But they really have not gotten very much off the ground despite the Redskins offering him a contract worth more than $13 million per year, which would put him about at the top of the guard market. Those conversations are going to continue but don't be surprised if Brandon Scherff goes toward free agency and becomes the highest-paid guard in the NFL going forward next offseason."

If the Redskins want to remain in the Trent Williams business, they will need to pony up for arguably the best left tackle in the NFL right now. After that, the focus should be on Scherff. At $12.5 million per year, Scherff remains behind Dallas' Zack Martin ($14 million per year, $40 million guaranteed), and Jacksonville's Andrew Norwell ($13.3 per year, $30 million guaranteed) as the highest-paid guards in the league.

The Redskins need to invest in their future, and in the NFL, there is no success without a stout offensive line. They have the personnel, but now they need to be able to keep them in-house.

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After two seasons on IR and little production, is Paul Richardson's time over with Redskins?

After two seasons on IR and little production, is Paul Richardson's time over with Redskins?

The Redskins signed Paul Richardson in 2018 to be the deep threat the team lost when DeSean Jackson left via free agency after the 2016 season. It didn't work. 

In two years with the Redskins, Richardson has 48 catches for 507 catches and four touchdowns, and both seasons finished with trips to the injured reserve. Washington, however, paid Richardson handsomely for his work.

He signed a five-year, $40 million contract with the Redskins that guaranteed $12.5 million at signing. To date, he's made nearly $20 million despite never being the team's leading receiver. 

Next year, Richardson will carry an $8.5 million salary cap number, but the team could get $2.5 million in cap relief if he's cut while taking a $6 million cap hit. The final two seasons of his contract have no guarantees and no cap number unless he plays.

If the Redskins wait until after June 1st, 2020, to cut Richardson then the numbers flip. The team would save $6.5 million against the cap and Richardson's contract would only count $2 million against the cap. In fact, the team doesn't need to wait until summer to make the move, but rather can use the Post-June 1 designation that the NFL allows organizations to use to better their cap. This should be the obvious move. 

Considering Washington has made a youth movement at receiver, with rookies Terry McLaurin, Kelvin Harmon and Steven Sims looking like the future, Richardson looks quite expendable. Especially considering the emergence of McLaurin as a potential elite wideout, both with deep speed and route running ability. 

Redskins team president Bruce Allen signed Richardson, but it's hard to know who will be making calls for the organization in 2020. There is much speculation that Allen could be on the way out, and the team already fired head coach Jay Gruden in October. Interim head coach Bill Callahan is not expected to remain in that position next season. 

If Richardson is cut, it's hard to look at the signing as anything but a disappointment. Big money for little production. That's not winning football. 

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Report: Chase Young plans on returning to Ohio State in lieu of entering NFL Draft

Report: Chase Young plans on returning to Ohio State in lieu of entering NFL Draft

The Redskins are unlikely to secure the No. 1 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, but there is certainly a scenario where the teams that finish ahead of them would be in need of quarterbacks. If that’s the case, then Washington could be in line to select Ohio State defensive end Chase Young, who’s widely considered to be the highest-graded player in the draft.

But in an interview with TMZ, Young said his “plan” is to return to Ohio State for his senior year. Young set a school record with 16.5 sacks and counting this season despite missing two games due to suspension.

The Buckeyes are the No. 2 seed in the College Football Playoff, slated to face No. 3 Clemson in the Fiesta Bowl on Dec. 28 for the right to play in the national championship. Ohio State hasn’t won the title since 2014, when Young was still in high school.

It’s unknown whether he’d enter the draft if OSU wins it all. For now, Young’s draft status will be something for the Redskins—who will enter the offseason with a plethora of roster needs—to keep an eye on over the next few weeks.

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