These Washington players have contracts that'll expire in the offseason

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  • Brandon Scherff
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  • Ryan Fitzpatrick
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  • Adam Humphries
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These WFT players have contracts that'll expire this offseason originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

Washington does have one game left on its schedule, but since the team won't be playing for the playoffs, looking ahead to the offseason is a better use of time than previewing the club's final matchup with the Giants on Sunday.

With that in mind, here's a list of players on Ron Rivera's roster who will see their contracts expire in a couple of months, along with analysis of those players' situations...

Brandon Scherff 

This is the second-straight year that Scherff was franchise-tagged by the organization, and this tag paid him a little more than $18 million. His camp will no doubt be seeking close to that number as it begins to negotiate the guard's next contract.

Now, while Scherff is definitely a difference-maker up front, Week 18 will be just his 11th game for Washington this season. He hasn't suited up for every contest since 2016, in fact, as injuries constantly keep him sidelined.

Yes, Rivera wants to build his depth chart around both the offensive and defensive lines, and Scherff is the coach's best option on the former. However, it'll be difficult for Rivera and Co. to hand the All-Pro a pile of cash when they just can't count on him to be consistently healthy.

JD McKissic

McKissic has been on injured reserve since the Seattle win but that has only highlighted his importance to the offense as the unit has regressed in his absence. It's not an exaggeration to call him the best pass-catching running back in the NFL.

Ensuring McKissic remains in Burgundy and Gold should be one of the front office's next priorities now that Charles Leno Jr. has been re-signed at left tackle.

Ryan Fitzpatrick

Through no fault of his own, Fitzpatrick's tenure with Washington will go down as one of the sport's more disappointing quarterback acquisitions in recent memory.

The 39-year-old threw six passes in Week 1 for the squad before a hip injury ended his campaign.

Unfortunately, there's no real reason for Rivera to invest in Fitz again — nor has there been any indication that Fitzpatrick will return to the league at all. 

Bobby McCain

McCain is by no means a major standout in the secondary, but once Rivera and Jack Del Rio figured out how to best deploy him, Kam Curl and Landon Collins, he seemed to settle in nicely.

In all likelihood, McCain won't cost much and makes sense to bring back for 2022. 

Adam Humphries

Humphries was picked up in order to reunite with Fitzpatrick, as the two first demonstrated serious chemistry together in Tampa. Of course, their connection never got a redo in Washington, but Humphries has turned in a solid campaign with 40 receptions up to this point.

A one or two-year agreement for Humphries seems prudent as long as he has interest in striking a deal like that.

Tim Settle

Settle's playing time has been drastically reduced compared to a season ago mostly because Matt Ioannidis has been healthy, which has relegated Settle to true spot duty.

The guy has an undeniable knack for popping even in such a limited capacity, but if he wants to see the field more, he'll probably have to head elsewhere.

Cam Sims

Like Settle, Sims appears to excel whenever the staff affords him the opportunity to do so. However, those opportunities haven't exactly been abundant under Rivera.

Even so, Sims has long been an asset on special teams and can make some incredible grabs out of nowhere, much like he did in the first Cowboys game back in Week 14. It'll be intriguing to see whether Washington makes an effort to retain him and if Sims has a desire to stick around, too.

Kyle Allen

Allen will be a restricted free agent come March, meaning he can negotiate with other teams but Washington gets the right of first refusal for any offer he may land or draft-pick compensation should he depart.

It's no secret that Rivera and Scott Turner appreciate what Allen can do — they gave up a fifth-rounder in a trade for him soon after assuming power — yet Allen has been stuck behind Taylor Heinicke even as Heinicke has struggled lately. 

Because he's an RFA, it should be relatively easy to hold onto him. That said, Heinicke will certainly be in the quarterback room, as will someone new (if not someone new and someone else new). So, this one is a toss-up.

DeAndre Carter

Carter's receiving has tailed off over the last month or so, but he did have a three-game touchdown streak earlier on in the schedule and has set a new personal high for grabs with 24.

More importantly, perhaps, his been his stellar returning; he took a kickoff back for six in Atlanta and has held down both returner jobs capably. 

Rivera is a huge fan of versatility and Carter can fill three slots at once. Barring something unforeseen, expect him to stay.

Cornelius Lucas

Lucas has proven to be valuable as a swing tackle who can contribute on both sides of the offensive line. That's an appealing type of player to have, so Washington could have competition for his services come March.

Joey Slye

Slye has a powerful leg, hasn't missed a field goal for the team and is an ex-Panther. Check, check and check.

At the very least, he'll be in camp for Washington next summer and ought to be the favorite to open 2022 as the kicker as well.

Ricky Seals-Jones

Seals-Jones' ridiculous touchdown versus the Giants in Week 2 shall never be forgotten around these parts, and overall, RSJ was a pleasant fill-in for Logan Thomas in October before he, too, got banged up.

With Thomas and John Bates no doubt a part of the mix for the future, Seals-Jones will have to compete should he re-sign. Regardless, he put out good tape that should come in handy in free agency.

Troy Apke

When Rivera refused to cut Apke following camp, fans damn near lost their minds. He's considered a bit of a pariah by those who follow Washington, but Rivera and Nate Kaczor are fond of what Apke does on specials.

This is one call that feels like a real 50-50 choice, as Apke is useful on kick and punt coverage but isn't trusted at all to take any defensive snaps. 

Danny Johnson

Johnson has waited his turn at cornerback for a few years and did thrive at times when coaches decided to reshuffle the secondary after the defense's poor start. "He's made a play every week," Rivera said of Johnson in late November. 

Others with expiring contracts: Jon Bostic (who's been on I.R. since October), Darryl Roberts (a veteran corner), Tyler Larsen (a backup center), David Mayo (a reserve who's gotten recent reps at middle linebacker), Corn Elder, Jordan Kunasyzk (he'll be restricted), Jamil Douglas, Jared Norris and Torry McTyer.