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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.


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. 


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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Reuben Foster, finally, addresses his past as well as what's ahead with Washington

Reuben Foster, finally, addresses his past as well as what's ahead with Washington

One year and eight months after he was first claimed by the Washington Football Team, Reuben Foster finally addressed the local media in a formal press conference on Friday. As far as mid-August, mid-training camp Zoom sessions go, it was quite compelling.

The 26-year-old — who was recently removed from the PUP list, which signaled a major step in his recovery from last May's disastrous knee injury — came across as somewhat nervous to be doing an interview again. But even through those apparent jitters, he was able to describe what his life has been like since joining the organization.

"I've learned a lot," Foster said. "Just being humble, vulnerable. Understanding for a lot of things, of life. A real understanding of life. It's stuff that I can't really explain. It's hard to explain. I just know that my drive to get back on the field was insane."

Foster's devotion to the sport was a theme that popped up numerous times when he was speaking.

It's what he's thought about as he's been involved in multiple domestic violence allegations and seen his reputation plummet. Foster's former girlfriend recanted her testimony in the first case and the charges were dropped in the second, but even so, many will forever view him differently.

The desire to play again is also what's been at the top of his mind throughout an arduous rehab process that stems from going down on the third snap of OTAs in 2019. The damage on Foster's knee was more severe than a typical tear and had, up until this past January, caused him to lose feeling in his toes.

There is still plenty of work remaining on both fronts — Foster's character will be closely judged and any sort of future legal trouble likely will cost him his spot in the NFL, and he openly admitted he's not where he wants to be mentally when it comes to believing in his lower body — but right now, he's as comfortable as he's been in some time. 

"I feel like God just put me here, just dropped me here, like, 'This the football child,'" he said.


His road back, however, is still far from its final destination.

As mentioned, Foster was very candid about how practices have gone since coming off PUP on Sunday. He was obviously relieved to be a part of the action again, yet he noticed he was more timid than he'd prefer.

"I was happy about it, but I was focusing on my leg, like, 'Dang, am I the same again? Will I ever be the same again?' he said. "But I don't think to the point that it would stop my play style or whatever. I just got to get the confidence out there."

Not many pro athletes would acknowledge that uneasy mindset. 

One thing Foster is confident in is his new head coach. Ron Rivera told the media that Foster has been "excellent" since Rivera became Washington's leader, and Foster was even more complimentary when discussing how Rivera's helped him of late.

"I trust him a lot," Foster said. "He's got my trust and dedication, and I think he's just a real stand-up guy, a trustworthy guy."

As a whole, Foster's Friday chat acted as a much-needed reset. It was necessary to hear his take on the drama he's been implicated in and the obstacles he's faced since leaving the 49ers. 

Now, though, he's prepared to move forward, and perhaps the conversation surrounding him can as well. After having him address the controversial issues, the Foster-related discussions can largely shift to how he's fitting into the defense and what he'll be able to add to that unit.

Speaking of which, after months packed with uncertainty, that's one group Foster has no doubts about.

"Even me with a bad wheel," he said, "we've got this."

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Unhappy with ‘Scary Terry,’ teammates think fast for Terry McLaurin’s new nickname

Unhappy with ‘Scary Terry,’ teammates think fast for Terry McLaurin’s new nickname

During an impressive rookie campaign that saw him exceed all expectations as a third-round pick, Terry McLaurin earned the nickname “Scary Terry.” That’s what EVERYONE called him. The only problem is, he didn’t really like it.

McLaurin wanted something more original, not a retread nickname that was originally given to Charlotte Hornets point guard Terry Rozier a few years prior. He wanted a unique nickname, maybe one that had to do with his speed on the field, or perhaps no nickname at all?

“I don’t even look at myself like I necessarily need to have a nickname,” McLaurin told reporters during an availability last season. “I just go out there and play ball, honestly. I’m just that simple of a person.”

Right, like a guy who caught seven touchdowns in his rookie year isn’t going to get a nickname.


NBC Sports Washington's Pete Hailey polled the Washington fanbase last year and came back with several options, including “Terry McScorin" and “Run TMC.” But Terry’s quarterback may have the final say when it comes to a nickname for his fellow Buckeye.

Dwayne Haskins targeted McLaurin 47 times in seven games after taking over as starter in Week 9 against the Bills, connecting 30 times for 461 yards and two touchdowns. He knows how “scary” Terry can be on the field, but it remains to be seen if “Turbo” sticks as McLaurin’s nickname moving forward.


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