Injuries are why Bengals should avoid Brandon Scherff in free agency

Leigh Oleszczak
Brandon Scherff (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)
Brandon Scherff (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images) /

The Cincinnati Bengals need to work on upgrading their offensive line this offseason so that Joe Burrow isn’t sacked a whopping 51 times again. He’s the face of the franchise and if they continue to throw mediocre offensive lines out there, he won’t be the face of the franchise for long.

One of the best offensive guards slated to hit free agency in 2022 is current Washington guard, Brandon Scherff, who has spent the entirety of his seven-year career in our nation’s capital.

Alex Kay of Bleacher Report wrote an article with one free agent every NFL team should avoid and Scherff was listed for Cincinnati.

Kay wrote:

"Brandon Scherff is likely to be one of the more expensive interior linemen on the open market, but his injury woes are concerning.With the 30-year-old missing at least two games in each of the last five seasons—most recently suffering an MCL sprain that kept him sidelined this year—the Bengals should save money and get a more reliably available rookie to shore up the offensive trenches."

It’s hard to argue with this logic.

The Bengals already have dealt with injuries on their o-line this season with Quinton Spain, Trey Hopkins, Jackson Carman, Hakeem Adeniji, and Riley Reiff all getting knicked up at some point this year.

Bengals should steer clear of Brandon Scherff in free agency

Scherff hasn’t played an entire regular season since 2016, which was his second year in the league. He’s struggled to stay healthy and with how much money the Bengals would have to dish out to land this guy, that just doesn’t seem like a good investment.

Spotrac has Scherff’s market value at five years worth $63 million and that’s a lot of money to sink into a player who hasn’t been healthy for a whole season since 2016. While Scherff would definitely give the team stability at right guard if he’s healthy, it’s the “if” part of that sentence that makes this a risky move.

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Scherff will get paid this spring but Cincinnati shouldn’t be the one that pays him.