The former Washington Football Team quarterback did not have to wait to the offseason to find a new landing spot. Dwayne Haskins has agreed to terms on a contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers. This news was first reported by Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.
The #Steelers and QB Dwayne Haskins have now agreed to terms on a contract, source said.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 21, 2021
Haskins was taken 15th overall in 2019 by the Washington Football Team out of Ohio State and was regarded as the second best quarterback in the draft class by many. However Haskins struggled during both of his first two seasons in the league.
This season head coach Ron Rivera did not appoint Haskins the starter until after training camp. After four rough starts to begin the season, Haskins was made the third string quarterback behind Kyle Allen and Alex Smith. He did not suit up for games until Allen was placed on IR with an ankle injury.
Haskins returned to the field in Week 14 against the San Fransisco 49ers when starter Smith sustained a calf injury to his surgically repaired leg. The next two games with Haskins under center Washington’s offense was terrible. They have now dropped two straight games against Seattle and Carolina and almost lost their division title.
Before the Week 16 start against Carolina pictures emerged of Haskins at a party unmasked, not obeying Covid-19 protocols and hanging out with strippers. This was not a good look for Haskins and the Washington Football Team. Haskins’ actions embarrassed all parties involved when the story blew up and was a major distraction before a very important game. After a disappointing performance the following week Haskins was released by Washington.
Haskins finished the season with a 2-5 record throwing five touchdowns, seven interceptions and having six fumbles. His career totals as they stand right now are 13 total touchdowns (one rushing) and 26 turnovers in 14 starts. Haskins’ career record when he starts is 4-10.
This is a low-risk high-reward pickup by Pittsburgh. Ben Roethlisberger is going to be 39 next season, has a $41.3 million cap hit and has been contemplating retirement for years. Haskins gives Pittsburgh potentially a better plan post-Roethlisberger than their current options Mason Rudolph and Josh Dobbs.