The Washington football team released Dwayne Haskins on Monday before his second NFL season was even complete.
Haskins, the 15th overall pick in the 2019 NFL draft, immediately becomes one of the biggest draft busts in NFL history.
“This afternoon I met with Dwayne to inform him that we would be releasing him,” coach Ron Rivera said in a statement shared by the team on Monday. “I told him that I believe it benefits both parties that we go our separate ways. We want to thank Dwayne for his contributions these last two seasons and wish him well moving forward.”
The quarterback’s immaturity led Rivera to bench him five weeks into Haskins’ second season in favor of Kyle Allen. Haskins wasn’t putting in the work off the field.
This was a continuation of concerns coming off his rookie year, which included Haskins missing the final snap of a Nov. 2019 game because he was taking a selfie with a fan.
“My time with the WFT has unfortunately come to an end,” Haskins said in a tweet. His Twitter page and Instagram have since been changed to private. “I thank the team & fans for the opportunity to play for the team I grew up rooting for. I take full responsibility for not meeting the standards of a NFL B & will become a better man & player because of this experience.”
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Washington owner Dan Snyder, who has been in headlines for a lot worse reasons than his young quarterback recently, was the driving force behind drafting Haskins in 2019 even though Jay Gruden’s coaching staff didn’t favor the Ohio State QB.
Haskins resumed playing in Week 14 after both Allen and Alex Smith got hurt, but after a Week 15 win in Seattle, photos surfaced of Haskins partying maskless in what appeared to be a strip club.
Haskins insisted it was a private party, but he was disciplined internally and had his captaincy stripped from him. Washington somehow still started him at QB in Sunday’s loss to Carolina, but Haskins played terribly and was benched in the second half for fourth stringer Taylor Heinicke.
Rivera then announced Monday that if Smith (calf) isn’t healthy enough to play in Week 17, it would be Heinicke and not Haskins who would start at QB.
Just hours later, the team released Haskins.
Haskins was the third quarterback selected in the 2019 draft, behind the Cardinals’ Kyler Murray at first overall and the Giants’ Daniel Jones at sixth.
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