The Pittsburgh Steelers may only be a couple of weeks into the offseason, but they are already adding trying to improve their roster in preparation for next season. The Steelers are reportedly signing former Washington Football Team quarterback Dwayne Haskins to a one-year deal, according to Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated’s MMQB.
Sources: The Steelers are planning to sign ex-first-round QB Dwayne Haskins today. Haskins is meeting with the coaches now, and if all goes well, a deal will be hammered out.
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) January 21, 2021
Before signing with the Steelers, Haskins also previously visited the Carolina Panthers earlier this week. The 23-year-old quarterback, who was drafted by Washington with the 15th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, was cut by the team just before the end of the season after playing just 16 games and 13 starts in the last two seasons.
In six starts this season, the former Ohio State signal-caller completed 148 of 241 passes for 1439 yards and five touchdowns and seven interceptions. Aside from his struggles on the field, Haskins also received a fine and was removed from being team captain after being seen attending a party without wearing a mask as Washington instead opted to play veteran Alex Smith and Taylor Heinicke to end the season, including in the NFC Wild Card Game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The Steelers, meanwhile, saw their season come to a disappointing end with a 48-37 loss to the Cleveland Browns in the AFC Wild Card Game. Aside from longtime quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, they still have backup quarterback Mason Rudolph under contract, while another backup in Devlin Hodges has already left the team, and Josh Dobbs will hit free agency. It remains to be seen if head coach Mike Tomlin will give Haskins the spot behind Roethlisberger ahead of the new season.