Dwayne Haskins Rumors: 'Virtually Certain' WFT Will Trade or Cut QB in 2021

Jenna CiccotelliCorrespondent IIIDecember 27, 2020

Washington Football Team quarterback Dwayne Haskins (7) in action before an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Sunday, Dec. 20, 2020 in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Daniel Kucin Jr.)
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Dwayne Haskins' time in Washington is reportedly coming to an end.

According to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, it is "virtually certain" that the 2019 first-round pick will not return to the franchise in 2021. 

The team looked to deal the Ohio State product when he asked for a trade earlier this season, but there was "a limited-at-best market" for the 23-year-old, who has appeared in 15 games over the past two seasons.

He may get a shot at his 16th appearance Sunday against the Carolina Panthers, as Alex Smith "can't do everything he needs to do to be effective" as he recovers from a calf injury, per ESPN's Adam Schefter

Scott Abraham @ScottABC7

I just asked Dwayne Haskins if he believes this could be his final chance. He said "Yes"

Haskins, who hasn't quite lived up to the prestige of a first-round pick over his first two seasons in the league—totaling a 3-9 record, 12 touchdowns and as many interceptions on 2,650 passing yards with one rushing score—has had a tough season off the field too.

Voted a team captain during training camp, Haskins lost the honor last week when he violated the league's COVID-19 protocols when he attended a party without a mask. He was also fined $40,000, which is the largest known fine for such a violation. 

He was also fined $4,833 in October when he made a reservation for a family friend at the team hotel, which was a violation of COVID-19 protocol. 

In speaking to reporters after the most recent incident, Haskins recognized that he "shouldn't have put the team at risk," but he was also aware that he may have put his career in Washington on the line, saying that he believed this could be his last chance.

In a flatlining NFC East, Washington, at 6-8, is in a position to clinch the title Sunday if it defeats the Carolina Panthers and the 5-9 New York Giants fall to the Baltimore Ravens. But it could all come down to Haskins, who got the start last week for the first time since Week 4. 

Kyle Allen, who got the ball once Haskins was benched, was moved to injured reserve following an ankle injury suffered in Week 9 that required surgery.