It appears the team has no intention of letting Scherff leave in free agency.
Washington tagged the Pro Bowler last offseason, and he played 2020 under the $15.03 million franchise tag.
The team could use the franchise tag on Scherff again, if necessary, according to Jhabvala, but Washington is more interested in getting a long-team deal completed. A new deal could reset the market for guards, topping the $14.1 million annual average that Philadelphia pays Brandon Brooks.
The window for designating franchise players closes March 9.
Scherff would make $18.04 million on a second tag. But tagging Scherff would buy the team four more months to get a long-term deal done if they can’t get it completed before then.
Washington is projected to have around $38 million in salary cap space based on a projected cap of $180.5 million, according to overthecap.com.
Scherff, 29, made All-Pro and Pro Bowl honors last season despite missing three games with a medial collateral ligament sprain. He has spent time on injured reserve each of the past three seasons and has not played a full, 16-game season since 2016, his second year in the league.
He has made four Pro Bowls in six seasons.