NFL Rumors: Jaguars to Acquire Brandon Scherff

After playing through the entirety of his 5-year rookie contract and two consecutive franchise tags in Washington, Brandon Scherff was finally able to partake in free agency and dictate his own future as a professional this off-season. It did not take long however for Scherff to find a new home for himself. 

On Monday afternoon, a couple of hours into the league's free agency tampering period it was reported by Adam Schefter of ESPN that Brandon Scherff intends to sign a contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars at the start of the new league year on Wednesday. Heading into this off-season Scherff was widely considered one of the best interior linemen that would be available so it is unsurprising that he did not make it past the first day of activity. 

Over the last 7 seasons in Washington since being drafted 5th overall in 2015, Scherff has established himself as one of the league's best interior linemen despite having his career constantly riddled with injuries; Scherff has consistently been graded as one of the best guards in terms of both pass protection and run blocking and has made the Pro Bowl in 5 of the last 6 seasons. Unfortunately though, Scherff hasn't played a full season since the 2016 campaign and has missed a total of 22 combined games over the last 4 years. All in all this is a great signing for the Jaguars if Scherff can stay on the field.

This move follows on the heels of the Jaguars' franchise-tagging left tackle Cam Robinson and cumulatively these signings clearly indicate that the teams new head coach Doug Pederson is making protection a priority for his young quarterback. Both of the Jaguars starting guards from last year are free agents this off-season but it looks like for know the team is settling the turnover by bringing in Scherff to possibly pair with spot-starter Ben Bartch on either side of the center. The Jaguars are clearly in spending mode to start 2022 so it will be interesting to see how else they decide to spend their money over the next few days.

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