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Dwayne Haskins is a free agent.
The second-year quarterback went unclaimed on waivers Tuesday, a day after the Washington Football Team released him. That means that 31 teams had a chance to claim the 2019 first-round draft pick and his contract by Tuesday’s deadline, and they all passed.
Haskins is now free to sign with the team of his choice — or, to be more precise — a team that’s willing to take a chance on him.
Claim would have come with guaranteed money
Haskins had two years remaining on the four-year, $14.4 million deal he signed as a rookie. He has $4.2 million remaining in guaranteed bonus money that nobody was willing to take on after his release.
Haskins will likely find a suitor this offseason to sign him on different terms. The fact that nobody took on the $4.2 million risk demonstrates how far he has fallen from a first-round prospect in less than two NFL seasons.
Haskins struggled in Washington
Haskins never delivered on his promise as a first-round pick in Washington. In 16 games including 13 starts, Haskins completed 60.1 percent of his passes for an average of 175.3 yards per game with 12 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. He took 49 sacks for a loss of 345 yards. Washington went 3-10 in the games that he started.
First-year Washington head coach Ron Rivera benched him twice. His second demotion arrived Sunday amid a poor effort against the Carolina Panthers. It also arrived on the heels of Haskins’ second COVID-19 protocol violation of the season. That violation led to Rivera stripping him of his captaincy.
Some of Haskins’ struggles are being attributed to the longstanding dysfunction in Washington. A team that believes it has the culture in place to develop him into an effective player will surely take a chance that Haskins still has upside.
There just likely won’t be much guaranteed money involved.
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