The deadline to sign franchise players to long-term deals came and went on Thursday with the Washington Football Team and guard Brandon Scherff failing to come to terms on a long-term deal.
This was not unexpected as the two sides never seemed desperate to get something done.
For Scherff, this was his second consecutive season on the franchise tag, which means $18 million guaranteed for the 2021 season. That’s a lot of money for a guard.
So, Scherff was a top-five pick and then played two years on the franchise tag and will have the opportunity to hit unrestricted free agency in 2022.
While it was financially smart for Scherff to play on the tag again in 2021, it wasn’t all bad for Washington, either. Here are the pros and cons of Washington not signing Scherff to a long-term deal.