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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