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After clearing waivers and becoming a free agent, former Washington quarterback Dwayne Haskins is drawing interest from multiple teams, including the one he just played against.
According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Panthers are one of several teams interested in Haskins. Carolina is coming off their fifth win of the year, beating Haskins in what was his final game in the burgundy and gold. Haskins is not expected to sign with a team before the season ends.
Shortly before the report connecting Haskins to the Panthers surfaced, Rapoport told the Sports Junkies how he's confident in Haskins finding another job in the NFL, and that several teams other than Washington were high on the young quarterback in the 2019 NFL Draft.
"A lot of teams viewed him as a first-round quarterback just two years ago," Rapoport said Wednesday. "So someone is going to sign him and think they can unlock the potential. I don't know what's going to happen with Dwayne Haskins, but he's going to get at least one, maybe two more opportunities, it'll probably be at the minimum [salary], and then he'll have a chance to resurrect his career."
The Panthers just signed Teddy Bridgewater to a three-year, $63 million contract in the offseason and have gotten solid production out of him in the first year of that deal. Bridgewater is completing nearly 70% of his passes and has accumulated 3,557 yards, 15 touchdowns and nine interceptions in 14 starts.
Carolina has also sported the 11th-best offense in the NFL, per Football Outsiders' DVOA metric and has done so without star running back Christian McCaffery for much of the season.
Behind Bridgewater, the Panthers have PJ Walker and Will Grier as backup quarterbacks on the roster.
"If you don't figure it out, then that will be that, [Haskins] will go down as one of the biggest busts that we've seen in a long time," Rapoport told the Junkies. "If he figures it out and unlocks his potential, there's a lot of potential there and he should be a very good quarterback moving forward."