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Brandon Scherff is way more interested in talking about beer than his contract situation

Brandon Scherff is way more interested in talking about beer than his contract situation

Brandon Scherff isn't a big talker. The 28-year-old prefers blocking interior defenders, mauling cornerbacks on screen plays, spending time outdoors or simply not talking over talking.

So it wasn't a massive surprise when Scherff sidestepped a few direct questions about his contract situation during a Wednesday Zoom call with the media. The right guard is going to be playing out the 2020 season on the franchise tag, which will pay him a cool $15 million, but then he'll face the unknown after that. 

And he didn't really feel like getting too far into discussing that unknown in his session with reporters.

"I'm honestly not worried about next year at all," Scherff said. "I'm just focused on doing what coach asks and trying to be that leader he wants me to be. If I do everything right, things will fall in place."

While Scherff didn't touch on any specifics about choosing the tag over a long-term deal with the only organization he's known, he did reiterate how he overall wants his career to unfold. This time, though, there was a slight twist to the statement.

"I told you I wanted to retire as Re — or, as a player of the Washington Team," he said. 

To Scherff's credit, he did open up about other topics, including how he spent his offseason.

A quick scan through his Twitter reveals that much of his quarantine involved the wilderness and drinking beer. Those were a few aspects he was more than happy to expand on.

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"I did a lot of turkey hunting, I did a lot of fishing," Scherff said. "Busch Light was only on Saturdays, so I held off on that. They have Busch Light Apple now, so I think fruit's good for you, right?"

He was even kind enough to provide a review of that new beverage option. 

"It's pretty good," he said, "but Busch regular is the go-to now."

As for the more important things — though let's not joke around, Busch Light is plenty important — like his health and the new Washington regime, Scherff sounded upbeat about both.

He explained that his recent injury history has forced him to reevaluate how he takes care of his body and one person he's trying to emulate in that respect is Ryan Kerrigan. He's also adjusting how early he gets to the facility before activities like meetings and workouts, something he didn't quite grasp as a younger player.

Then there's Ron Rivera's takeover.

Before January, Jay Gruden was the only boss Scherff had ever known as a pro. Scherff, like nearly every other member of the Washington Football Team, has been impressed by Rivera and is eager to see where he leads the franchise.

"Change is good," he said. "You've just got to do what Coach Rivera asks, he's been very successful and I think he's the right man for the job and we're excited to have him at the top."

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Brandon Scherff is one of many players playing under the franchise tag in 2020

Brandon Scherff is one of many players playing under the franchise tag in 2020

Washington guard Brandon Scherff will play the 2020 season under the franchise tag, as the two sides were unable to agree on a long-term deal prior to Wednesday's deadline.

However, don't fret Washington fans. The guard is one of many players across the NFL that will play the 2020 season under the tender. 

Prior to the March 16 deadline, 14 players across the league were franchise tagged by their respective organizations. Those include some of the league's biggest stars, such as Dak Prescott and A.J. Green. Yet, only two players originally tagged have agreed to a long-term deal.

Let's take a deeper look...

Agreed to a long term deal: 

Chris Jones, DT, Kansas City: Just two days before the deadline, Jones and Kansas City agreed to a four-year, $80 million deal with a maximum value of $85 million. The 2019 Pro Bowler is the latest big-money signing from the Super Bowl champs this offseason, who locked up QB Patrick Mahomes to a record $503 million contract earlier this month.

Derrick Henry, RB, Tennessee: After the Titans' surprising playoff run to the AFC Championship Game, the team had to important decisions to make regarding the contracts of Ryan Tannehill and Derrick Henry. Tennessee chose to give the quarterback a multi-year deal, which meant Henry was likely to play under the tag in 2020. However, just minutes before the 4 p.m. deadline, the two sides agreed to a long-term deal to lock up last year's leading rusher.

Will play under the tag:

Dak Prescott, QB, Dallas: The Cowboys signal-caller has been in contract talks for months, but no long-term deal was ever reached. Prescott signed his tenure last month, where he will make $31.4 million next season. For Washington fans, this seems eerily similar to the Kirk Cousins saga from a few years ago.

Hunter Henry, TE, LA Chargers: Over the past few seasons, Henry has been one of the best tight ends in the NFL -- when he's on the field. The tight end missed all of the 2018 season with a torn ACL, but bounced back nicely in 2019 with a 55-catch effort in just 12 games. However, with the economic uncertainties due to the pandemic, the Chargers have decided to put a contract extension on hold.

Brandon Scherff, OG, Washington: The three-time Pro Bowler will play the 2020 season under the tag, as the two sides will reportedly reopen negotiations for a long-term deal following the season. Scherff will earn just north of $15 million in 2020.

RELATED: FOUR FACTORS THAT COULD PREVENT SCHERFF FROM SIGNING LONG-TERM WITH WASHINGTON

Joe Thuney, OG, New England: Prior to free agency, Thuney was a potential target for Washington had Scherff signed elsewhere. However, both were tagged by their respective organizations and will each play under the tenure this season. Thuney has started every game for New England over the past four seasons, and if the Patriots don't find common ground on a long-term deal, he could reportedly be used as a trade chip.

Justin Simmons, S, Denver: Simmons was also thought to be another potential target for Washington in FA, but Denver never allowed its underrated safety to test the market. Both sides have expressed interest in working out a long-term deal. Even with the versatile defender playing under the tag in 2020, don't expect him to play elsewhere for a long time.

Matt Judon, DE/LB, Baltimore: While Judon expectedly would like the security of a long-term deal, the pass rusher said earlier this month he's "blessed" to be playing under the franchise tag. Should he build on his solid 2019 campaign, he'll have plenty of leverage come negotiations next spring.

Shaq Barrett, OLB, Tampa Bay: In his first year as a full-time starter, Barrett burst onto the scene in 2019 with a league-best 19.5 sacks. However, after the team spent considerable money in free agency (hello, Tom Brady) the two sides were unable to agree to a long-term deal. Barrett has accepted his tender but also filed a grievance to earn the salary of a defensive end rather than a linebacker, which is approximately a $2 million difference. 

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Bud Dupree, OLB, Pittsburgh: Similarly to Barrett, Dupree has also filed a grievance hoping to earn the salary of a defensive end in 2020, rather than a linebacker. Dupree amassed a career-best 11.5 sacks and 17 quarterback hits in 2019.

Anthony Harris, S, Minnesota: From an undrafted free agent to one of the league's top safeties, Harris has certainly earned his eventual payday. But for now, he'll earn $11.4 million in 2020. The ball-hawking safety, alongside Harrison Smith, make up one of the league's best safety tandems.

Have not signed franchise tender yet:

A.J. Green, WR, Cincinnati: Green missed the entirety of the 2019 season with a foot injury, but his impressive body of work is enough to warrant an extension, at least in his opinion. Rookie quarterback and No. 1 overall pick Joe Burrow will have his No. 1 wideout for at least the 2020 season, as Green has agreed to play under the tag, while he has yet to sign it.

Yannick Ngakoue, DE, Jacksonville: Ngakoue has publicly expressed his desire to leave Jacksonville for months, as the pass rusher felt he was worthy of a long-term deal as early as the 2019 offseason. Ngakoue has stated he will never play another game for the Jaguars again, but the team has yet to find a trade partner for him. The former University of Maryland standout has reportedly told teams he's flexible about playing under the tag elsewhere, but Jacksonville is unwilling to move on from him.

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Report: Washington, Brandon Scherff won't discuss long-term deal until after 2020 season

Report: Washington, Brandon Scherff won't discuss long-term deal until after 2020 season

Brandon Scherff has stated he wants to remain in Washington for the entirety of his career, but the guard will reportedly have to wait for a long-term extension.

Washington will wait until after the upcoming season to try and sign Scherff to a long-term deal, ESPN's John Keim reported Monday.

Scherff, 28, was franchise tagged by Washington in March and signed his tender in April. July 15 marks the final date before the 2020 season that the two sides can agree on a multi-year extension until after the season.

The news doesn't come as much of a surprise, as reports surfaced last week that it was unlikely Scherff would sign a long-term deal with the team prior to Wednesday's deadline.

RELATED: FOUR FACTORS THAT COULD PREVENT SCHERFF FROM SIGNING LONG-TERM WITH WASHINGTON

Originally the fifth overall pick by Washington in the 2015 NFL Draft, Scherff has established himself as one of the best interior offensive linemen in the NFL ever since. In his five seasons with Washington, Scherff has been named to the Pro Bowl three times.

However, the guard has had trouble staying healthy, as he's missed 13 games over the past two seasons with multiple injuries, including two season-ending trips to injured reserve. Under the tag, Scherff will earn just north of $15 million in 2020.

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