Haskins signed a contract with the Steelers on Thursday, Brooke Pryor of ESPN reports. This represents a fresh start for the 2019 first-rounder, who was released by the Washington Football Team this past December. With the signing of Haskins, Pryor notes that the Steelers "signal they're focusing on a future without Ben Roethlisberger -- either this year or soon after." The team's long-time QB has one year left on his deal, but his 2021 status has yet to be cemented. With Josh Dobbs set to become a free agent this offseason, Roethlisberger, Mason Rudolph and Haskins are the signal-callers Pittsburgh currently has under contract for next season.
The Steelers are reportedly poised to sign Haskins, according to Albert Breer of TheMMQB.com. Per the report, the 2019 first-rounder, who was let go by Washington in December, is meeting with Pittsburgh's coaches, and "if all goes well, a deal will be hammered out." The team currently has Ben Roethlisberger and Mason Rudolph under contract for the 2021 campaign, and adding Haskins to the mix would give the Steelers a player with some upside to develop behind the 38-year-old Roethlisberger, who's tentatively expected back next season.
Haskins will visit the Panthers on Monday, independent NFL reporter Josina Anderson reports. Haskins was cut loose by Washington after playing the past two seasons with the team. The exploratory visit could potentially turn into a signing for the quarterback, who completed 60.1 percent of his 444 passes for 2,804 yards, 12 touchdowns and 14 interceptions during his time in Washington.
Haskins passed through waivers unclaimed Tuesday, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports. Haskins had a tumultuous first two seasons as a professional, with most of his issues being self-inflicted. In a 16-game sample on the field with Washington -- including 13 starts -- he completed 60.1 percent of his 444 passes for 2,804 yards (6.3 YPA), 12 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. Haskins also didn't contribute much on the ground (40 carries for 147 yards and one TD) and lost five of his 12 fumbles. While he's unlikely to get a chance with another NFL team right away so late in the season, some organizations have already shown interest in the 23-year-old signal-caller as a project for 2021, per Adam Schefter of ESPN.
The Football Team waived Haskins on Monday. The writing seemed to be on the wall after Haskins' poor performance during Sunday's loss to the Panthers (154 passing yards, three turnovers) led to his being demoted to the No. 3 role for a second time this season, but it's nonetheless surprising to see a first-round pick receive such a short tenure. Just 20 months ago, Washington selected the Ohio State product 15th overall in the 2019 NFL Draft. Haskins has started 16 games in his career, a sample size equivalent to a full season. In that span, he has just 2,804 passing yards, a 60 percent completion rate, 12 touchdowns versus 14 interceptions and 6.3 yards per attempt. Any team that claims Haskins off waivers would inherit his fully-guaranteed $4.3 million salary over the next two years.
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