Dwayne Haskins Jr. is returning to the NFL as a member of Pittsburgh Steelers one month after he was released by the Washington Football Team after the Steelers announced they've signed the quarterback to a reserve/futures contract.
According to Dan Graziano of ESPN, Haskins will be a restricted free agent at the end of his one-year contract, with the Steelers able to use the original-round tender to potentially grab a first-round pick if the quarterback were to sign elsewhere:
Dan Graziano @DanGrazianoESPN
Nerdy football thing re: Haskins' 1-yr deal with PIT. He will be restricted free agent at end of year. PIT could use original-round tender, about $2M less than first-round tender, and would still get a 1st round pick if someone signed him because his original round was the 1st.
ESPN's Adam Schefter first reported the deal.
Albert Breer of MMQB reported a contract was expected to be signed if the meeting goes well.
Washington released Haskins on Dec. 28, one day after benching him for Taylor Heinicke in the fourth quarter of a 20-13 loss to the Panthers.
"I take full responsibility for not meeting the standards of a NFL QB & will become a better man & player because of this experience," he wrote in a tweet (h/t ESPN's John Keim).
Nicki Jhabvala and Sam Fortier of the Washington Post reported Dec. 22 that Washington disciplined Haskins after photographs emerged that showed him at a party without wearing a protective facemask.
Head coach Ron Rivera also stripped Haskins of his captaincy.
Washington drafted Haskins No. 15 overall out of Ohio State in 2019. He has thrown for 2,804 yards with 12 touchdowns, 14 interceptions and a 60.1 completion percentage over 16 games in two seasons.
Haskins will provide depth and insurance for Pittsburgh at quarterback, regardless of what Roethlisberger decides to do. He endured his share of struggles with Washington, but he's only 23 years old and can get a fresh start with a new organization in 2021.