Should the Jacksonville Jaguars put in a waiver for Dwayne Haskins?
Early Tuesday, the Washington Football Team announced its decision to release quarterback Dwayne Haskins. While the 2019 first-round pick has failed to fulfill expectations in his first two years in the NFL, some teams may be interested in pursuing him. Should the Jacksonville Jaguars be one of them?
Since Haskins hasn’t accrued four seasons in the NFL, he will hit the waiver wire instead of becoming a free agent. If nobody claims him, he will then become a restricted free agent but will be able to sign with whatever franchise he pleases. The Jaguars could put a waiver in for him and pay him $1.8 million in 2021 and $2.5 million in 2022. They could also hope he goes unclaimed and target him as a restricted free agent.
Haskins has certainly underperformed since Washington made him the 15th overall selection in 2019’s draft. In two years, he’s started 13 games and completed 267 of 444 passes for 2,804 yards, 12 touchdowns, and 14. That surely isn’t the kind of production the organization expected from the Ohio State product.
Keep in mind that Haskins’ lack of production wasn’t the only reason Washington cut ties with him. He was recently photographed at his girlfriend’s birthday party without wearing a mask, which marked the first time he broke COVID-19 protocols this year. Looking at Haskin’s on and off the field behavior, is he really worth pursuing?