Adam Schefter, per a source, reported Tuesday that the deadline for teams to use their franchise tag has been extended to Monday in accordance to the NFL’s final vote on Collective Bargaining Agreement being moved to Saturday.
The original franchise tag deadline was set for Thursday at 4 p.m. EST, but it has now been scheduled to end Monday, March 16 at 11:59:59 a.m. The NFL’s legal tampering period–essentially known as the real start of free-agency–begins a second later.
The Redskins have made it publicly known that they want to sign left guard Brandon Scherff to a long-term contract as opposed to franchise tagging him, according to a report Friday from NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
The franchise tag market for offensive lineman is expected to be in the $15-$16 million range for 2020, a price at which Team 980/95.9 FM’s Al Galdi thinks is fairly high for the Redskins to being paying a guard for one season.
“They want to try to get that number low and get it out so that they can pay him big money moving forward,” said Galdi. “The impetus to get a deal done is more on the Redskins side than on Scherff’s side, assuming Brandon is willing to bet on himself.”
Galdi deems Scheff opting to play under the franchise tag “a gamble” considering his injury history. The Pro Bowl guard has missed 13 games over the last two seasons.
Amidst the Trent Williams trade demands, the Redskins now will have a little more time to negotiate with their Pro Bowl guard.