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Washington Guard Brandon Scherff Says He Wants to Retire with the Franchise

In his first media appearance since the Washington Football Team’s regime change, guard Brandon Scherff reiterated he would like to remain with the franchise his entire career, Sam Fortier of the Washington Post reports. Scherff will play this season on the franchise tag after he and the team couldn’t reach a long-term contract extension by last month’s deadline.

“I’m not really worried about that right now,” he said during a video news conference Wednesday. “I’m just glad I get to play another year here. Like I said, my end goal is to end up as a Redskin my whole career. I’m one more year closer to that.”

The team would like to retain Scherff — one of its only proven, high-caliber players — who is in his prime at age 28. The right guard is not worried about the injuries that forced him to miss 13 games over the last two seasons; he considers them freak accidents and evaluates himself as “feeling really good” after rehabbing four or five days per week since January.

The tag, worth $15.03 million, makes Scherff the league’s highest-paid interior offensive lineman this season, as well as the fifth-highest paid lineman overall by salary cap number, according to Over The Cap. The guard market has boomed in the last few years, and elite linemen are expensive in free agency, but the 2021 market could decline if league revenue declines as a result of the novel coronavirus pandemic.

When asked if he wanted to see where the franchise was headed under Coach Ron Rivera before signing a long-term deal, Scherff demurred.

“I’m honestly not worried about next year at all,” he said, adding, “I want to retire a Re-” — he caught himself — “a player of the Washington team the rest of my career. So, just got to focus on the small details and get better as a player, as a group, as a team and everything will fall into place.”

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