By Mark Gallagher
Redskins guard Brandon Scherff signed his $15 million franchise tender today, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN, requiring Scherff to attend training camp.
Scherff was selected by the Redskins out of Iowa with the fifth overall pick of the 2015 NFL Draft.
The 28-year-old was immediately thrust into a starting role during his rookie campaign, starting all 16 games at right guard. Scherff then started every contest once again in 2016 and was so impressive that he earned a Pro Bowl appearance.
That marked the last time Scherff would play a full 16-game campaign.
In 2017, Scherff appeared in 14 contests, but still managed to earn a Pro Bowl selection. Then, the following year, Scherff was limited to just eight games due to a torn pectoral muscle.
The Denison, Ia. native returned to the Pro Bowl this past season, but he was knocked out for the final five games of the year as a result of elbow and shoulder injuries.
There is no doubt that Scherff is one of the league’s best offensive linemen when he is healthy, but his inability to consistently stay on the field over the last three seasons likely gave the Redskins some pause about signing him to a long-term deal.
Washington went just 3-13 in 2019 and has made the playoffs just five times since 1993.
The Redskins will pick second overall in the NFL Draft on April 23.
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