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NY Jets 'should avoid' All-Pro guard Brandon Scherff in free agency

By Kristen Wong
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The NY Jets would fill a major position of need with right guard Brandon Scherff, but need alone doesn't warrant the team bringing him on this free agency.

The Washington Commanders guard is set to hit free agency this offseason and will be one of the more talented offensive linemen available. Selected in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft, Scherff has grown steadily to become a stalwart member in Washington's trenches.

He currently has one All-Pro and five Pro Bowl honors to his name, but should the Jets really make a move for him?

Bleacher Report's Jake Rill listed three players the Jets should avoid in free agency in 2022, and Scherff was one enticing but ultimately unwise option.

"Scherff hasn't played a full season since 2016, and he's been limited to 11 or fewer games in three of the past four campaigns, leading to concerns about his inability to stay on the field."

Jake Rill

The NY Jets should stay away from Washington right guard Brandon Scherff

Scherff's main knock is his injury history and age. At 30-years-old, Scherff has the experience to command a lucrative contract, but he may not have the health to remain on the field for an entire season.

As Rill notes, the last full season Scherff played was more than five years ago, and even if New York did pick him up, Scherff could become a liability for the 2022 season if he can't stay healthy.

The Jets have suffered their fair share of significant injuries, what with Carl Lawson, Corey Davis, Mekhi Becton, and others this past year, and dealing with a highly injury-prone player isn't worth the headache.

We have no complaints about Scherff's performance — he's an excellent right guard who could do wonders for the Jets' run game and pass protection, but only if he's healthy. As it stands, that's a huge "if."

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The Jets would be better off spreading their $48.2 million of projected cap space around to find a younger offensive linemen and to address other positions of need for 2022.

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