- The Washington Times - Monday, January 11, 2021

Former Washington quarterback Dwayne Haskins will reportedly meet with the Carolina Panthers on Monday — marking his first visit to another NFL team since he was released last month. 

Haskins, the 15th overall pick in 2019, went unclaimed after Washington waived him in late December. Ironically, the team cut Haskins a day after he was benched in a loss to the Carolina Panthers.  The release also followed an incident in which Haskins was caught partying with strippers indoors without a mask a week earlier. 

By visiting Carolina, Haskins will get a chance to convince a team he deserves another shot in the NFL. Following his release, Haskins said he would learn from his mistakes and apologized for his actions.

Coming off a 5-11 season, the Panthers are in the midst of a rebuild and trying to find a long-term answer at quarterback. Last offseason, the team signed veteran Teddy Bridgewater to a three-year, $63 million contract, but owner David Tepper criticized Bridgewater last month by indicating the team needed a quarterback who “gets you to playoffs and Super Bowls.”

That might not be Haskins, though the 23-year-old is still relatively young and coaches have praised the Ohio State product’s arm talent. That potential upside could entice a team like Carolina to take a flyer on Haskins.



With Washington, Haskins struggled under center. In 16 games over two seasons, he threw more interceptions (14) than touchdowns (12) and went 3-10 as a starter. Coach Ron Rivera first benched Haskins in October before the quarterback got another opportunity when Alex Smith went down with a calf injury in December.  Haskins failed to show growth in his second stint, repeating the same types of mistakes that led to his benching.

Carolina’s rumored interest in Haskins started shortly after the quarterback was cut. At the time, coach Matt Rhule refused to comment on the possibility of adding Haskins. But Rhule, a former coach at Temple and Baylor, recruited Haskins in college. 

Carolina’s backup is former XFL star P.J. Walker. 

The NFL Network first reported Haskins’ visit to Carolina.

 

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