The Washington Redskins are ready to pony up a sizable extension to one of their top offensive linemen, and someone who is among the very best at their position in the league.
However, it’s not the guy most people would’ve thought of — at least not given the current circumstances surrounding the team.
According to NFL Insider Ian Rappoport, the Redskins are reportedly offering two-time Pro Bowl lineman Brandon Scherff a rather lucrative deal to stay in Washington.
Per Rapport (via NFL.com):
“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. “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 numbers are true, that figure would put Scherff right in the wheelhouse of the highest-paid interior offensive linemen in the NFL. Entering the 2019 season, Zack Martin of the Dallas Cowboys is the highest-paid player at the position (per average annual contract value), at $14 million per year. Andrew Norwell, who signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars prior to the start of the 2018 season, is the second-highest paid interior lineman, averaging $13.3 million per year.
The 5th overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, Scherff is currently making just over $12.5 million this year, as he’s on the 5th (and most lucrative) year of his rookie deal. Unsurprisingly, the Redskins didn’t hesitate in picking up Scherff’s 5th-year option prior to the start of the 2018 season.