Strategist Dwayne Haskins is officially a free agent.
According to ESPN adam schefter, Haskins was not claimed off waivers by any team before the 4 p.m. deadline on Tuesday. Schefter added that some teams have shown some interest in the 23-year-old quarterback.
Haskins was released by the Washington football team Monday after taking him 15th overall in the 2019 draft.
Washington released Haskins on Monday after a series of poor decisions off the court and untimely turnovers on the court.
Haskins was recently fined $40,000 and lost his position as team captain after photos were posted on social media showing Haskins in violation of the league’s COVID-19 protocols. He has also been demoted twice this season. He was also benched in last Sunday’s game against the Carolina Panthers after throwing two interceptions in the loss.
Haskins was named third-string quarterback just before his release. Haskins was to earn $4.2 million guaranteed for the next two years if he was claimed waivers.
Considering the mistakes he made, a team might not have wanted to be responsible for the guaranteed money, even if it was just over $4 million. A team can now sign him as a free agent on a low-cost, one-year deal and see if he can come in and compete for a roster spot.
With a week left in the regular season, it looks like the quarterback will have to wait for his chance to redeem himself. It’s no exaggeration that teams are reaching out to him, as Schefter reported. Haskins showed he was a mobile quarterback and had a decent arm.
Whichever team signs Haskins will need to have a good support system in place, primarily a coaching staff who can work with him on his on-field decision-making. Interested teams should also have strong veteran leadership to impart some wisdom to guide Haskins through his young career.
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