Since the sides have made little movement toward a deal with the Wednesday deadline looming, the news comes as no surprise. It means Scherff will play 2020 under the one-year, $15.03 million franchise tag.
Scherff, 28, has made three Pro Bowls, but he also has missed a combined 13 games the past two seasons with injuries.
He has said he hopes to finish his career in Washington.
The team made him the fifth overall choice in 2015.