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Steelers Signs Dwayne Haskins After Season Of Struggle In Washington

With the future of Ben Roethlisberger still in doubt, the Pittsburgh Steelers are looking at the quarterback spot closely and have now officially signed Washington Football Team first-round pick Dwayne Haskins.

Washington dumped Haskins with one game left in the regular season after an awful 2020 campaign.

Houston quarterback Deshaun Watson and Steelers receiver Chase Claypool were among those to offer congrats to Haskins for his new opportunity.

The former Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback went 1-5 as a starter in 2020 for Washington and 3-10 overall in two seasons as starter.

Washington took Haskins with the 15th overall pick in the draft in 2019. At the time, they thought he could be their quarterback of the future.

He initially showed signs of promise in his rookie season, throwing for 1365 yards, seven touchdowns and seven interceptions.

However, Haskins struggled badly in 2020. He carried a QB rating of just 30.7 and threw for 1439 yards with five touchdowns and seven interceptions.

The 23-year-old from Highland Park, N.J., also got in trouble off the field this season, as he was pictured at a strip club not wearing a mask.

The Steelers have to be thinking about the future at the quarterback spot. Not only is Roethlisberger 38 years old, but he also played poorly in the final month of the season.

The Steelers have Mason Rudolph and Josh Dobbs behind Roethlisberger currently, but the team will likely be on the lookout for a young quarterback with Roethlisberger entering the final year of his contract.

Haskins would be an interesting fit for the black and gold. He’s got talent and could fit in nicely if he can put what happened in 2020 behind him.

The quarterback also recently spoke to the Carolina Panthers, another team that could use a quarterback moving forward.

Written by Matt Loede

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  1. Ben Roethlisberger
    Mason Rudolph
    Dwayne Haskins
    Joshua Dobbs

    If that’s the QB position going into next season (only 3 on active roster), then the hometown boy-GM, Kevin Colbert (who’s also been on 1-yr contracts), will be gone. Tomlin is as secure as Andy Reid, but his 2008 season 1 Super Bowl win is 12 years ago now. Using up that football capital, and Steeler Nation goodwill, pretty quickly now. Wonder if Tony Dungy would consider coming outta retirement after 2021 season?

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