Rivera: Scherff, Kerrigan in Redskins' 2020 plans

Ben Krimmel
February 27, 2020 - 12:38 pm

After releasing several veteran players to save money against the cap, Washington Redskins head coach Ron Rivera said veteran guard Brandon Scherff and outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan are both in the team's plans for the 2020 season.

Rivera told 106.7 The Fan contributor and NBC Sports Washington's JP Finlay if the Redskins can't work out a long-term deal for Scherff before the league year begins, they will likely use the franchise tag to retain the former three-time pro bowler. The franchise tag for an offensive lineman is expected to be in the $15 million range for 2020. The move would prevent Scherff, 28, from becoming an unrestricted free agent.

Kerrigan has one season remaining on a five-year, $57 million extension he signed in 2015 and will carry an $11.69 million cap hit unless the team decides to restructure his deal with an extension. The four-time pro bowler Kerrigan, who has played nine seasons in Washington, turns 32 in August. Washington could still decide to release Kerrigan at not cost against the cap. 

"We had a great conversation with Ryan and it was awesome," Rivera told Finlay. "He's all fired up about getting ready for next season. I'm not going to get into a player's contract, but he's a guy we're looking forward to having around."

Earlier this offseason, the Redskins said goodbye to cornerback Josh Norman, wide receiver Paul Richardson, and tight end Jordan Reed in cost-saving moves and the Redskins now figure to have about $61.1 million in salary cap space.

Follow @BenKrimmel and @1067theFan on Twitter.