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Brandon Scherff
Cincinnati Bengals

Brandon Scherff’s 3 Best Free Agent Fits

  • Justin Melo
  • February 24, 2022
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Washington Commanders offensive guard Brandon Scherff is one of the best interior players in today's game. The 30-year-old Scherff has been an incredibly consistent performer while spending his entire career with the Commanders up until this point. His contract is set to expire in March and his market would be robust with suitors should he reach free agency. Commanders general manager Martin Mayhew has until mid-March to either franchise-tag Scherff or agree to a long-term extension with the former Iowa standout. Scherff has played the past two seasons on the non-exclusive franchise tag, which essentially became two separate one-year contracts. Scherff will certainly hope to land the oft-desired long-term security this time around. Scherff is a five-time Pro Bowler and one-time first-team All-Pro. An expert in both pass protection and run blocking, Scherff would start at guard for any team in the league and is a scheme-versatile talent. He's the type of performer that immediately strengthens and transforms an offensive line while making those to the left and right of him better players. He should undoubtedly receive the extremely lucrative and long-term contract Washington has denied him in recent years. His representation will surely seek to make him one of the highest-paid interior linemen in professional football, and his spotless resume warrants such treatment. Several suitors would present Scherff with a high-priced contract should the Commanders balk at his price tag. We've identified three ideal fits for Scherff in free agency.

CINCINNATI BENGALS

Cincinnati Bengals general manager Duke Tobin is almost surely going to splurge on at least one high-priced offensive lineman in free agency. Why not Scherff? The Bengals will be looking to repeat the shocking success they experienced in 2021 by reaching yet another Super Bowl. Tobin's Bengals are extremely well set up for continued success in 2022. Joe Burrow is a legitimate franchise quarterback and he possesses four high-level playmakers at his disposal in Ja'Marr Chase, Tee Higgins, Joe Mixon, and Tyler Boyd, all of which remain under contract. Much of Cincinnati's offseason will surely center around upgrading a horrid offensive line that overwhelmingly served as the team's weakness throughout the regular season and playoffs. Burrow was sacked on an astounding seven occasions by the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LVI, and another nine times by the Tennessee Titans in the divisional round. The Bengals' ability to overcome such poor offensive line play qualified as truly surprising, and it's not a strategy they'll want to employ again in 2022. They must better protect Burrow going forward, who has already suffered one season-ending knee injury as a result of their failures in pass protection. Most of Cincinnati's issues occurred in the interior, where the likes of Hakeem Adeniji and Jackson Carman consistently put forth unacceptable performances. The Bengals possess more than $48 million in cap space, via Spotrac. They can afford to make a sizable splash. Scherff would immediately make this unit significantly better while contributing to Cincinnati's efforts to contend for a Lombardi Trophy again in 2022.

NEW YORK JETS

The New York Jets will continue to rebuild and revamp their roster throughout the impending offseason. The upcoming campaign is all about better setting up sophomore quarterback Zach Wilson for success. Wilson's rookie season was a bit of a rollercoaster that was initially hindered by injuries and inconsistent performances. The former BYU signal-caller began flashing the potential that warranted the second-overall selection towards the end of the season, and general manager Joe Douglas should do everything within his power this offseason to ensure the continuation of that form. That plan will include adding to their running backs and wide receiver room, but it needs to include an offensive lineman or two as well. Head coach Robert Saleh and offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur joined the Jets from a San Francisco 49ers team that places a high level of importance on expertise offensive line play and an efficient rushing attack. The Jets have some exciting building blocks up front, and Scherff would help accelerate the process while serving as an excellent mentor for their young starters. Alijah Vera-Tucker had an excellent debut campaign at guard and Mekhi Becton remains an ascending talent despite some early-career struggles. The Jets possess more than $45 million in cap space, a sizable number that could increase following a few releases and restructures. Landing Scherff via free agency would qualify as a massive get for a young and improving offense.

LAS VEGAS RAIDERS

The Las Vegas Raiders impressively navigated through much off-field adversity to qualify for the 2021 postseason for the first time since 2016. Several elite pieces remain in place and under contract, and the Raiders should receive a boost from a new regime that includes head coach Josh McDaniels and general manager Dave Ziegler. McDaniels and Ziegler will look to improve an offense that already has a legitimate starting quarterback in Derek Carr, and two high-level pass-catchers in the form of Darren Waller and Hunter Renfrow. Much of Vegas' focus in free agency should center around improving the underwhelming right side of their offensive line. Alex Leatherwood experienced a less-than-ideal rookie campaign, and should not be handed a starting job next season. Furthermore, Brandon Parker is currently set to reach free agency. T he Raiders find themselves in an excellent position heading into free agency. They don't possess any high-level free agents of their own, and Ziegler has more than $19 million of available money, via Spotrac. That number should receive a bump once the Raiders are done releasing some underperforming veterans. Scherff is the type of tone-setter that would immediately transform Vegas' offensive line.

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