Jul 29, 2021; Richmond, VA, USA; Washington Football Team offensive guard Brandon Scherff (75) looks on during training camp at Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Cennter. Mandatory Credit: Scott Taetsch-USA TODAY Sports

WFT activates Brandon Scherff, Daron Payne from COVID list

The Washington Football Team activated four-time Pro Bowl right guard Brandon Scherff and starting defensive tackle Daron Payne from the reserve/COVID-19 list on Thursday.

Scherff, who was placed on the list Saturday, is playing this season on his second consecutive franchise tag. He has started all 78 games in which he has appeared since being selected by Washington with the fifth overall pick of the 2015 NFL Draft.

Payne, who was added to the list Sunday, started all 16 games for Washington last season. He collected 54 tackles, three sacks, three forced fumbles and four passes defensed.

A first-round pick in 2018, Payne has appeared in 47 games in three seasons with 41 starts, anchoring a defensive front seven considered one of the most talented in the NFL.

Wide receiver Curtis Samuel and offensive tackle David Sharpe are the two remaining WFT players on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

–Field Level Media

Jul 29, 2021; Richmond, VA, USA; Washington Football Team offensive guard Brandon Scherff (75) looks on during training camp at Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Cennter. Mandatory Credit: Scott Taetsch-USA TODAY Sports

Washington adds Brandon Scherff, David Sharpe to COVID list

Washington All-Pro guard Brandon Scherff and offensive tackle David Sharpe both were placed on COVID-19 reserve on Saturday, coach Ron Rivera announced Saturday.

Since the start of training camp earlier this week, six Washington players have tested positive for the coronavirus.

Receiver Curtis Samuel, defensive lineman Matt Ioannidis, offensive tackle Cornelius Lucas and defensive back Chris Miller are the other players on the COVID reserve list.

As of Monday, only about 60 percent of Washington’s roster had received the COVID-19 vaccine, among the lowest rate for NFL teams.

Washington’s entire coaching staff is vaccinated, but because so many of his players aren’t, Rivera has continued to wear a mask around the team’s facility.

“I’m truly frustrated. I’m beyond frustrated. Part of the reason I walk in with a mask on is I’m immune-deficient,” said Rivera, a cancer survivor. “I just hope that our guys can understand that.”

Rivera said that he hoped that players will change their stances and get vaccinated, possibly as soon as Sunday.

“We’ll see tomorrow. Tomorrow we’re hoping we can get some more guys vaccinated,” Rivera told multiple media outlets following Washington’s final training camp practice in Richmond, Va. on Saturday. “We’ll see. It’s a difficult topic. I’ve tried to broach it a lot of our players, talked with a lot of our guys that haven’t. Again, it’s a personal thing, but hopefully — we can sway them, hopefully.”

The NFL is intensifying its efforts to coax players into receiving COVID-19 vaccinations, laying out strict protocols that will penalize teams should a coronavirus outbreak among unvaccinated players put the league’s schedule in jeopardy.

–Field Level Media

Oct 25, 2020; Landover, Maryland, USA; Washington Football Team guard Brandon Scherff (75) prepares to block against the Dallas Cowboys during the second half at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Washington All-Pro G Brandon Scherff signs franchise tender

Four days after being issued the franchise tag for the second consecutive season, Washington All-Pro guard Brandon Scherff officially signed his franchise tender Friday, becoming the second tagged player to do so.

NFL.com reports that Scherff, a four-time Pro Bowl selection and named to his first All-Pro team after the 2020 season, is slated to earn over $18 million for next season unless he can agree to a long-term extension. The deadline for that extension is July 15.

The 29-year-old, a veteran of six seasons who has been a full-time starter when healthy since entering the league, made $15.03 million while under the franchise tag last season.

Originally a first-round pick (No. 5 overall) in the 2015 NFL Draft by Washington out of Iowa, Scherff has started in all 78 games he has played in. He started 13 games last season before finishing the campaign on injured reserve with an MCL sprain.

Scherff joins Carolina Panthers offensive tackle Taylor Moton as the only tagged players to have accepted their franchise deals of the 10 who received the designation. One of those 10, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott, has already signed a long-term contact (four years, $160 million) since being tagged.

The other players to receive franchise tag designations include wide receivers Allen Robinson II (Chicago Bears) and Chris Godwin (Tampa Bay Buccaneers), tackle Cam Robinson (Jacksonville Jaguars), defensive lineman Leonard Williams (New York Giants) and safeties Justin Simmons (Denver Broncos), Marcus Williams (New Orleans Saints) and Marcus Maye (New York Jets).

–Field Level Media

Dec 20, 2020; Landover, Maryland, USA; Washington Football Team guard Brandon Scherff (75) leaves the field after the Washington Football Team's game against the Seattle Seahawks at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Washington repeats franchise tag on Brandon Scherff

Guard Brandon Scherff appears headed for a second consecutive season under the Washington Football Team’s franchise tag.

The team announced on Monday that it is using its franchise tag on the All-Pro, who played 13 games last season before finishing the season on injured reserve with an MCL sprain.

Scherff, a four-time Pro Bowl selection, would make $18.04 million for the 2021 season unless the teams agree to a long-term extension. The deadline for that extension is July 15.

Scherff, who made $15.03 million while under the franchise tag last season, has played in 78 games over his six seasons with Washington, which drafted him fifth overall out of Iowa in 2015.

All of his appearances have been as a starter, and he played at least 13 games in four of his six seasons.

–Field Level Media

Sep 20, 2020; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Washington Football Team guard Brandon Scherff (75) is helped off the field to the locker room by a trainer after suffering an injury against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Washington places G Scherff (knee) on injured reserve

The Washington Football Team placed offensive guard Brandon Scherff on injured reserve Tuesday.

Scherff was diagnosed with an MCL sprain in his right knee after sustaining the injury in Washington’s 30-15 loss to Arizona on Sunday. He will miss at least the next three games, although reports have that number possibly extending to as many as five contests.

The 28-year-old is playing out the season on the franchise tag and making a guaranteed $15 million. He will be a free agent next offseason.

Scherff started 11 games in 2019 and surrendered just 1.5 sacks en route to being named to the Pro Bowl for the third time in five seasons. He was also selected to the Pro Bowl in 2016 and 2017.

Scherff missed five games in 2019 with elbow and shoulder injuries and missed the final eight contests in 2018 with a torn pectoral muscle.

Scherff, an Iowa product, has started 67 games in his career since being selected by Washington with the fifth overall pick of the 2015 NFL Draft.

Wes Schweitzer will replace Scherff, as he did in Sunday’s game. Schweitzer has made 36 career starts.

Washington promoted wide receiver Cam Sims from the practice squad on Tuesday to take the available roster spot.

Sims, 24, made two tackles on special teams on Sunday. He has two receptions for 27 yards in 10 career games spread over three seasons with Washington.

–Field Level Media