That means for the second straight season, Scherff will play under the franchise tag, which this year will be $18 million.
The two sides will be able to resume negotiations following the conclusion of the regular season. A third tag for Washington would be 144 percent of his $18 million number in 2021.
Scherff, 29, is a former No. 5 overall pick by Washington out of Iowa in the 2015 NFL Draft. He signed a four-year, $21.215 million fully guaranteed rookie contract and is playing out the fifth-year option on that deal.
Washington picked up Scherff’s option in 2018 and paid him $12,525,000 for the 2019 season and opted to franchise him in 2020 for $15 million.
Washington tagged Scherff for the second straight year this offseason.
In 2020, Scherff appeared in 13 games for Washington and making 13 starts for them at guard. Pro Football Focus had him rated as the No. 4 guard out of 80 qualifying players.