- The Pittsburgh Steelers have signed QB Dwayne Haskins to a one year deal.
- Haskins was released by the Washington Football Team on December 28, 2020.
- He was the 15th overall pick of the 2019 NFL Draft by Washington but was often criticized food poor work ethic.
The Pittsburgh Steelers have signed former Washington Football Team Dwane Haskins to a futures contract, according to an announcement on Thursday.
Steelers, QB Dwayne Haskins agree to terms on contract. (via @RapSheet) pic.twitter.com/kKZUXJlXR7
— NFL (@NFL) January 21, 2021
A futures contract is given to player who did not finish the previous season with an NFL team. The 2021 season doesn’t start until March and that’s why it’s called a “futures” deal. The terms of the contract were not disclosed although it was revealed that it was a one-year deal.
Haskins was released by Washington last month after he was benched in a game against the Carolina Panthers. Haskins was photographed without wearing a mask during his girlfriend’s birthday after a loss to the Seattle Seahawks. That incident led to a $40,000 fine and his removal as Washington’s team captain. He started the next game against Carolina but was benched in the second half. Haskins was then demoted in favor of Taylor Heineke and was released the day after the loss to the Panthers.
15th Pick of the 2019 NFL Draft
With the 15th pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, the Washington @Redskins select QB Dwayne Haskins. pic.twitter.com/BTfIwjcsOC
— FOX Sports: NFL (@NFLonFOX) April 26, 2019
Haskins was the Washington Football Team’s first round pick (15th overall) of the 2019 NFL Draft. He left Ohio State after two seasons and after winning the 2018 Big Ten Football Championship Game MVP, 2019 Rose Bowl MVP, and finishing third in the 2019 Heisman Trophy voting.
But while Haskins was labeled as a franchise-quarterback talent, he was often criticized for his poor work ethic. His selection was driven by team owner Dan Snyder who went against the wishes of the franchise’s football side who were told by Ohio state coaches that Haskins would need time to mature as a professional.
Washington was intent on sitting Haskins during his rookie season but injuries to other quarterbacks and a poor performance by the team forced them to start Haskins. He would end up starting 7 games during his rookie season and after a bad start, he finished with two good games where he posted a total QBR of 74.8.
He started the first four games of the 2020 season, throwing four TDs and three interceptions with a total QBR of 29.8. Haskins was benched the following week and was inactive for the next four games until QB Kyle Allen broke his ankle. He took over from an injured Alex Smith in the second half of their Dec. 3 game against San Francisco. With Smith hurt, he would start the next two games but didn’t play well. Ih Haskins’ last start, the Washington Football Team lost to the Carolina Panthers 20-13.
Dwayne Haskins gets a second chance, will attempt to kick-start his career with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The @steelers signed the former @WashingtonNFL quarterback to a futures contract. https://t.co/H1Uy4qHwVX
— ABC 7 News – WJLA (@ABC7News) January 22, 2021
With Haskins’ signing, the Steelers are preparing for their future without Ben Roethlisberger. The future Hall-of Famer has one year left in his Steelers’ contract but has yet to decide on whether he wants to return next season. Roethlisberger’s imminent exit was the main reason why the Steelers were the +300 odds on favorite at SportsLine to sign Haskins.
Roethlisberger will be turning 39 in March and whether its this coming season or the next, the Steelers are going to need a starting quarterback. The team doesn’t have cap space or trade capital to bring in a high-priced QB and with the 24th pick of the NFL Draft, they are out of the Trevor Lawrence and Justin Fields equation. Pittsburgh still has options like Alabama’s Mac Jones and Florida’s Kyle Trask, but they have other needs like offensive tackle.
Assuming Big Ben Returns, Mason Rudolph will still be QB2 but with Jason Dobbs expected to hit the free agent market in March, Haskins will be the QB3. Given his reputation, Haskins could even push Rudolph for the no. 2 spot behind Roethlisberger although it’s clear at this point that Haskins isn’t the heir apparent. What this is though is a second chance for him.
Haskins needs a reboot after being released by Washington last December 28th. Mike Tomlin’s Steelers could be the place where Haskins’ rehabilitates his on and off field image. Washington wasn’t able to help Haskins reach his potential. Perhaps Pittsburgh’s Tomlin and his no-nonsense style will.