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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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Draft Trade Simulator: Can the Redskins find a deal with the Dolphins?

Draft Trade Simulator: Can the Redskins find a deal with the Dolphins?

The Redskins hold the No. 2 overall selection in the NFL Draft and there could be plenty of suitors for the pick. JP Finlay works through hypothetical draft day trades. 

No NFL team holds more draft capital than the Dolphins, and no NFL team has been more connected with Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa than the Dolphins. Add that up, and it's entirely possible Miami will trade up to get him. 

The only way to guarantee Tagovailoa lands with the Dolphins is for Miami to trade up to the second overall spot, and that assumes the Bengals take Joe Burrow with the top pick. 

How does that happen? Let's take a look.

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The best comparison would be the 2017 draft day trade between the Bears and the 49ers. San Francisco was in a clear rebuild mode, like the Redskins now, and sitting on a pick they didn't have to use. As great as the prospect of Chase Young is to the Redskins, more picks could be more appealing for Ron Rivera and company.

In 2017, Chicago moved up from the third overall pick to the second overall pick to take QB Mitch Trubisky, and beyond swapping those picks with the Niners, the Bears also sent over two third-round picks and a fourth-round pick. The two third-round picks were divided up over two seasons. 

That's significant compensation to move up one spot, and if Miami and Washington were to pull off a deal it might need to be more because the Dolphins and Redskins sit three spots away from one another. 

Important to note too that Miami holds two second-round picks, and the Redskins don't have any. Assuming every draft pick holds a numeric value, the Dolphins could make up that gap quickly if they offered to swap first-rounders and send a second-round pick over as well. 

Looking at the comps and the realities, perhaps the Dolphins could offer to swap first round picks and add a second and an additional Day 3 pick for the Redskins for the chance to draft Tua. 

Outlook

This seems far-fetched. 

After Washington traded for Kyle Allen last week, it appears the Redskins are ready to roll with Allen and 2019 15th overall pick Dwayne Haskins at quarterback. With that move, the mirage of Washington drafting Tagovailoa seems to vanish. That means the Dolphins can wait patiently with the fifth pick and still take Tua. Probably.

Could Miami get spooked and want to move up? Of course. Crazy things happen at the draft, and nobody saw Chicago moving up for Trubisky a few seasons ago. 

Don't bet on it though. Expect the Redskins to take Chase Young with the second overall pick. 

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Redskins sign former Eagles cornerback Ronald Darby to boost secondary

Redskins sign former Eagles cornerback Ronald Darby to boost secondary

The Redskins signed former Eagles cornerback Ronald Darby to a one-year contract on Sunday.

Darby, a second-round pick by the Bills in 2015 who played college ball at Florida State, grabbed six interceptions in three years playing in Philadelphia but dealt with major injuries throughout his time there, including an ACL tear in 2018. The deal was first reported by ESPN's Jeremy Fowler.

Washington needed to sign another cornerback after trading away disgruntled CB Quinton Dunbar last week.

With the new addition, expect the Redskins to let Kendall Fuller start on one side of the field and Darby and fourth-year pro Fabian Moreau compete for the starting spot on the other side of the defense. Jimmy Moreland projects as the inside slot corner.

The money on this deal won’t break the bank for the Redskins, but with two corners added in free agency and significantly more cash spent on Fuller, the Redskins 2020 secondary is starting to come into shape.

Washington probably feels somewhat comfortable with Fuller, Darby, Moreau and Moreland and will likely draft another corner in April. The team also signed Sean Davis from Pittsburgh with the intention to pair him with stalwart Landon Collins at the two safety spots.

For Redskins fans pushing for a reunion with former draft pick Bashaud Breeland, the Darby signing could end that possibility. Team sources said for weeks that Breeland wasn’t a strong consideration anyway.

Interestingly, Washington has now signed three defensive free agents in the secondary all with local ties. Darby grew up in Oxon Hill and played at Potomac High, Fuller went to Good Counsel High School and Davis grew up in D.C.

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