Steelers To Sign Dwayne Haskins

Dwayne Haskins has a new home. On Thursday, the Steelers agreed to sign the quarterback to a one-year deal, as Adam Schefter of ESPN.com tweets

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The Steelers met with the former first-round in the morning and quickly decided to bring him on board. It’s likely a minimum-salary deal for Haskins — or something close to it — so this is about as low-risk as it gets. Haskins was horrendous in Washington, but he was the No. 15 overall pick less than two years ago.

Haskins dazzled evaluators with his arm strength coming out of Ohio State. The cannon is still there, though his decision making — both on and off the field — was questioned in Washington. Head coach Ron Rivera released Haskins after a terrible Week 16 showing. Just one week prior to that, Haskins was photographed maskless at a birthday party.

Now, Haskins has a chance at NFL redemption. He won’t be starting, but he will have an opportunity to learn from one of the best in Ben Roethlisberger.

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48 comments on “Steelers To Sign Dwayne Haskins

  1. ElGaupo77

    Haskins asked that Joe Theisman’s number be un-retired when he was drafted. Redskins obliged for some reason. Seems like a headcase.

  2. crosseyedlemon

    I commented a few weeks ago that this could be a workable arrangement for both sides. Should be interesting to see how this works out.

  3. alwaysgo4two

    There’s no downside here. If he straightens out it’s a win….if he doesn’t then its his own fault. I believe in redemption, at least once. The Dollar Store version of Watson.

    • louwhitakerisahofer

      Dollar Store version of Watson? Only if he was marked 90% off during an end of the season sale.

    • crosseyedlemon

      The Steelers have always been tightly structured and disciplined so if any organization can get this guy to fly straight it would be them. Having an OL that isn’t a turnstile should benefit Haskins too.

      • The Steelers are tightly structured and disciplined? Is this a joke? Their QB has multiple rape scandals. They had James Harrison for years. They had Antonio Brown for years.

        • Flapjax55

          Rape scandals are he said she said. No one knew AB was like that privately. What about James Harrison?

    • The Steelers have an ideal offense for Haskins. It’s pretty simple and focused on a pocket passer. While the Steelers have to improve their run game – whether with Ben or Haskins – Haskins is basically a Big Ben clone. A big fairly dull lunk with a big arm: Roethlisberger was no better off the field than Haskins when he joined the league.

      Roethlisberger didn’t want to teach anyone anything – in particular Mason Crosby a few years ago. Maybe he’ll be better in 2021 with Haskins.

      Haskins will be better out of the DMV, where he grew up and has all his homies. Too much trouble for him to get into in the DMV, too many hangers-on.

  4. Hotfuzz

    Hopefully he realizes he’s lucky to get another shot at making an NFL roster. He could learn a lot from Ben and Tomlin. I don’t think they will put up with someone that isn’t a dedicated professional.

    • tiredolddude

      Agree 100%. I think some fans actually believe they’re going to try to get Deshaun and JJ here from Houston because of some radio host’s Fantasy Island hallucinogenic babble. Now, go sign Mark Ingram in a few weeks and re-work that O line

    • crosseyedlemon

      Steelers don’t tolerate players who want to be clowns. Bell and Brown learned that and Haskins will too if he doesn’t get with the program. This is a great place for him to get his act together though so hopefully he takes advantage.

      • Brown was a clown for years before they finally dumped him. Roethlisberger has gone through multiple rape scandals; or is that not ‘clown’ behavior? James Harrison was one of the dirtiest and most heavily fined players in the league for a long time, is that not clown behavior?

        • padam

          Harrison is a football player. Brown was a clown his last year and was sent packing as a result. As was Bell. Steelers have been a class organization and a blueprint for others to follow.

          • Harrison was dirty and kept playing dirty even after multiple fines. Brown was a clown long before they finally let him go. Bell complained for an entire season about his contract and the only reason he stopped playing for them is because *he* sat out. He was not sent packing.

            Also, you conveniently left out Roethlisberger in your defense of the Steelers.

            Bottom line, Steelers are no better (and no worse) than most other teams as far as class or how to run an organization goes. If you perform, they will stick with you. If you can’t, they won’t.

      • gozurman1

        They have tolerated players being a clown ever since the Steel Curtain days, if the player performs on the field. Ernie Holmes shot at an Ohio State Police Helicopter in 1973. Steelers kept him through the 1977 season. If you are a clown and a bust of a player, you are gone.

  5. pappyvw

    Good luck, Pittsburgh, with THIS guy. Seems more interested in living like PacMan Jones and trying to look cool on Insta than learning how to play QB. Tomlin is going to strongly dislike this guy, I think – Tomlin is all about team football and doing your job, and Haskins appears to be about neither.

    • crosseyedlemon

      Steelers run their organization like the Marines and that’s the kind of discipline Haskins needs. This could work.

      • The Steelers run their organization like every other team in the league. If you can play football well, they will excuse virtually every fault a player has.

      • gozurman1

        That is the rep of the “Steeler way” but in reality, they are no different than any other team. If you can play, they put up with your nonsense until the nonsense becomes a detriment to the team or your effectiveness on the field does not outweigh your clown antics anly longer.

    • madmanTX

      Since when? Tomlin doesn’t care what his players do. Ask guys like JuJu and Antonio Brown as examples of Tomlin’s theories on team discipline.

  6. Jimbobroy

    It’s amazing to me how many of you have inside info on how the Steelers run their organization. You must have a really good “media” source because we all know how reliable they are when it comes to the truth!

    • gozurman1

      I agree with what you say. Too many people still buy into the old “Steeler Way” mantra but do not even realize some of the stuff players did back in the 70’s that the Steelers put up with. All I can say is I still remember Ernie “Fats” Homes firing a rifle at a police helicopter after he pulled over on the Ohio Turnpike in 1973. He never served time in jail and played through the 1977 season with the Steelers. If you cad play, they put up with your nonsense until the nonsense overshadows the quality of you play.

      • padam

        In the 70s that was acceptable behavior. He was also involved in a cannonball run at that moment and looking to win at all costs.

      • madmanTX

        Everybody on every team in the 70s used steroids too, so what’s your point? Hell, Jack Tatum even crippled a guy and never saw a day in jail.

      • danny murtaugh

        Exactly right. Ben, Brown and Bell proved their value on the field, so they got lots of opportunity to straighten out, but lesser players, even good ones, like Santonio Holmes, Rashard Mendenhall and Martavis Bryant, not so much. I think Tomlin wants to give Haskins a chance, but he will have little margin for error.

  7. steelshu

    This seems to have the potential of low risk and high reward so think the gamble is worth it. Give him a second chance and if he blows it, you cut him and move on….,

  8. madmanTX

    With Tomlin in charge and his lax discipline, he’ll probably let Haskins jet pack in for practices, dance on other teams’ logos and have champagne parties in the locker room after all games, win or lose.

  9. jearbear_

    Super low risk high reward situation. If he sucks we cut him and move on.

  10. Flapjax55

    Absolute dumbest move I have seen in over 40 years as a Steelers fan. Not even close. Cannot really believe this FO made this move.

  11. MileHighFan

    Haskins is lazy, shows up late for meetings, is self-centered, pouts, and doesn’t actually enjoy playing football. Not sure Pittsburgh is a great fit knowing how they couldn’t handle Le’Veon Bell or Antonio Brown.

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