Washington Football Team open to trading Dwayne Haskins at right price
By Ian Cummings
Ever since his benching after the Washington Football Team’s loss to the Baltimore Ravens, quarterback Dwayne Haskins’ status has been in limbo.
Dwayne Haskins came into the year buoyed by a cautious wave of optimism, after the second-year quarterback took advantage of his second offseason by all reports, working to elevate his craft and get off on a quick note with Washington Football Team coaches Ron Rivera and Scott Turner.
At first, things were looking good. Haskins earned the title of captain for his efforts, and the team won their season-opener against the Philadelphia Eagles, with Haskins helping to seal a second-half comeback.
After the Eagles game, however, Washington lost five straight, and Haskins lost three of those five contests, failing to show tangible growth from game-to-game. After the Ravens game, Haskins was benched for Kyle Allen; despite his improved production, Haskins still displayed startling inconsistency with his mechanics and execution, and there were rumors that teammates were unhappy with his performance.
It’s been almost four weeks since that fateful decision, and while it’s still under review whether switching to Kyle Allen was the best move for the franchise long-term, one thing is clear: Haskins’ career will likely continue somewhere else, once this saga is concluded. NFL insider Ian Rapoport said as much in a trade deadline update this morning, stating that while Washington hasn’t proactively shopped Haskins, they’re open to offers.
"When Washington benched QB Dwayne Haskins, it started the clock on his potential departure from the organization. While the Washington Football Team hasn’t shopped its former first-round pick, this much is evident: If a team is looking for a high-ceiling QB to develop, Washington would part with him for the right price. As of now, that market has been relatively quiet."
Rapoport notes that the market has been quiet for Haskins, which is understandable. Next year’s quarterback class is looking stronger by the day, and to this point, Haskins hasn’t displayed the consistent upside that’s worth parting ways with picks. There have been flashes, but there were more flashes down the stretch in 2019 than there have been in 2020, and off the field, Haskins also brings other questions.
As of now, it looks as though Haskins will remain with the Washington Football Team through the trade deadline; as long as there’s little demand, it will be tough to move him, and given that Washington just spent a first-round pick on him two years ago, they may not be eager to concede his rights for a Day 3 pick.
With that being said, if it gets to a point where starting fresh is best for both sides — and conventional wisdom tells us we’re near that point — then Washington could send Haskins away for less than they’d prefer. For the time being, however, they’re letting the offers come to them, whenever that may happen.
Rapoport also mentioned two Washington Football Team edge rushers in his trade deadline update: Veteran Ryan Kerrigan and 2017 second-round pick Ryan Anderson. Rapoport noted that Washington “seems intent” on keeping Kerrigan, due to his high impact on the field and in the locker room. Meanwhile, Anderson has become expendable due to the team’s heavy depth on the edge, and he could eventually be shipped to a defense that will better acclimate his skill set.
Thus far, things have been quiet on the trade front for the Washington Football Team, but every year, things have a habit of picking up just before the buzzer. The deadline is set for 4:00 PM EST this coming Tuesday. Will Washington sell their expendable assets? Will they be buyers, in order to capitalize on a weak NFC East? Or maybe a little bit of both? We’ll see in less than 72 hours.