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3 Most Likely Destinations for Brandon Scherff Next Season

Devon Platana
The three most likely destinations for Washington Commanders RG Brandon Scherff.
The three most likely destinations for Washington Commanders RG Brandon Scherff. / Scott Taetsch-USA TODAY Sports

After spending seven seasons with the team that drafted him, right guard Brandon Scherff's tenure with the Washington Commanders is likely coming to an end.

ESPN's John Keim reported Thursday that the Commanders are expected to let Scherff walk in free agency. They've franchise tagged him in the previous two seasons, but no longer have that option anymore.

A five-time Pro Bowler, Scherff started in each of his 11 games played for Washington in 2021, taking six penalties without allowing a sack on 697 offensive snaps. Needless to say, he'll get his fair share of attention on the open market.

Here's a look at the three most likely free-agent destinations for Scherff.

Brandon Scherff Destinations

1. Cincinnati Bengals

Between the regular season and playoffs, Joe Burrow was sacked an NFL-leading 70 times in 20 games. Needless to say, the Bengals' top offseason goal will be to improve the offensive line. One way to do so would be by signing Scherff. While the 30-year-old guard hasn't played a full season since 2016, it was only in 2020 when he was named first-team All-Pro. That level of talent isn't always available, which is why Cincinnati should consider him as an option. Besides, playing for a team that just competed in Super Bowl LVI might be what Scherff needs to get back on track.

2. New York Jets

The New York Jets also had issues with their offensive line in 2021, ending the season with the fourth-most sacks allowed. If QB Zach Wilson is to ever become a superstar under center, the Jets need to do a better job at protecting him. At 6-foot-5 and 315 pounds, Scherff is exactly the type of player head coach Robert Saleh would love to have in front of Wilson. There's also the fact that Scherff has surrendered only five sacks in his last 43 games played. If the Jets ever want to be taken seriously, building a credible offensive line this offseason is an absolute must.

3. Seattle Seahawks

The Seattle Seahawks have had an inconsistent offensive line for several years now, leading to Russell Wilson becoming the most-sacked quarterback since 2017. If Wilson not getting any younger, the Seahawks must invest in better protection this offseason. Spotrac lists Seattle as having over $35 million to spend this offseason, making Scherff more than affordable. Between his resumé and the veteran leadership that he brings to the table, Scherff is the type of player that Seahawks fans will fall in love with. He's also a terrific run blocker, which will certainly help a rush-heavy team like Seattle.

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Devon Platana is not a FanDuel employee. The views expressed in his articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.