Pittsburgh – Dwayne Haskins, selected for the first round in 2019, has agreed to a one-year contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers after meeting with the team on Thursday, said a source to Adam Shefter from ESPN.
The quarterback was released by the Washington football team less than a month ago, a day after he was lost to the Carolina Panthers. He was photographed without a mask on his girlfriend’s birthday after losing to the Seattle Seahawks. He was fined $ 40,000 for his second COVID-19 violation and lost his captaincy.
He still started against the Panthers, but played poorly and was put on the bench. Haskins was then demoted to player Taylor Heinicke, who signed for the Washington coaching staff less than a month earlier. Haskins was then released abruptly the day after his loss to Carolina.
“I told him I believed it was good for both sides that we were going differently,”
In the tweet, Haskins wrote: “I take full responsibility for not meeting the NFL QF standards and I will become a better person and player because of this experience.”
Haskins, ranked 15th by Washington in 2019 and often criticized for his lack of work ethic, had a tumultuous tenure with his first team in the NFL.
His choice was led by owner Dan Snyder, contrary to the wishes of the football side of the franchise. The coaches have been told by Ohio coaches that it will take time for him to mature as a professional and the organization intends to get him to sit on the rookie all season.
But injuries to other quarterbacks and a bad record led to Haskins, who started seven games as a rookie. After a disastrous early performance, Haskins finished with two good outings to close his season. In these games, he published a total of 74.8 QBR. But his total QBR for the season was 28, and this season was 31.
In the final off-season, Rivera said Haskins has a franchise quarterback talent, but needs to become a leader. Rivera was pleased with what he saw from Haskins this season. Haskins received all members of the first team in training camp and was declared starter at the end of August, although Rivera said he would open it for competition if there were pre-season matches.
Haskins started the first four games, throwing four touchdown passes to three interceptions, but with a total QBR of 29.8. Numerous sources said they felt he was celebrating his first game with 300 yards in the locker room after losing 14 points to Baltimore.
Rivera prepared him for next week; he was inactive for the next four games until starter Kyle Allen broke his ankle. Haskins relieved the wounded Alex Smith for the second half of the victory over San Francisco on December 13. Haskins started the next two games, but did not play well. In his last start, losing 20-13 to Carolina, he posted a total QBR of 4.1.
Haskins, 23, is represented by Brian Levy, who is also an agent of Mike Tomlin.
With his signing, Steelers signals that he is focusing on the future without quarterback Ben Rotlisberger – either this year or soon after. The probable future Hall of Fame remains one year under his contract, but he has not yet determined his future with the team. After losing his wild card, Rotlisberger said he would pray for the decision and consult with his family. He added that if he decides to return, he hopes the Steelers will also want to return.
With third-string quarterback Josh Dobbs hitting the free agency in March, the Steelers should have Roethlisberger, Mason Rudolph and Haskins on the list for 2021, even though Roethlisberger comes with a fee of $ 41.2 million.
Information from John Keim of ESPN was used in this report.