Dwayne Haskins has signed a one year futures contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers today. With this move the Steelers will look to have a project quarterback behind Ben Roethlisberger, if he is to return next season. Haskins was released late in the season by the Washington Football Team, after Haskins violated COVID protocol and was stripped of his captaincy before the team eventually released him. Head coach Mike Tomlin and the Steelers organization will look to turn around Haskins‘ career, and they may be an ideal landing spot for the embattled QB.
The Steelers will likely hope for veteran QB Ben Roethlisberger to mentor Haskins along with both professionalism, as Roethlisberger has had past incidents similar to Haskins and has grown from them, and on-field play. However, Roethlisberger hasn’t always been the biggest fan of mentoring a young QB, as he said in the past after the Steelers drafted Mason Rudolph back in 2018. Some time has passed now, and it seems that Roethlisberger will be more likely to open up and mentor Haskins as Ben’s time is coming to a close sooner rather than later.
Haskins was taken with the 15th pick by Washington back in the 2019 draft, and had a lot of comparisons to the current Pittsburgh QB coming into the league due to his size and arm strength. In his time in Washington, Haskins would post a record of 3-10 in the games he started and threw 12 touchdowns compared to 14 interceptions. At the same time, Haskins didn’t experience much stability during his time in Washington with two different head coaches and schemes during his two season with the team, along with controversy surrounding the organization as a whole on multiple occasions. The type of environment Haskins experience in Washington isn’t likely to breed success and hopefully the stability the Steelers offer will allow Haskins to develop as a person and a player into what he was expected to be coming into the league.
Haskins still has much to prove despite those obstacles he has faced thus far with the label of first rounder attached to his name for the rest of his career. This is a win-win for both sides with Haskins getting another chance in the NFL and the Steelers getting a low-risk/high-reward project QB who could potentially serve as the organization’s future QB in a few seasons once Roethlisberger retires. With this move it will be interesting to see how the Steelers move forward with their offseason and if this will keep them from selecting a QB in the upcoming draft.
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