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Ex-Washington QB Dwayne Haskins signs with Steelers

Washington Football Team quarterback Dwayne Haskins completed 60.1% of his passes for 2,804 yards, 12 touchdowns and 14 interceptions in 16 career games with the franchise. File Photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI
Washington Football Team quarterback Dwayne Haskins completed 60.1% of his passes for 2,804 yards, 12 touchdowns and 14 interceptions in 16 career games with the franchise. File Photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI | License Photo

Jan. 21 (UPI) -- Former Washington Football Team quarterback Dwayne Haskins signed a reserve/future contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers, the team announced.

The two sides met earlier Thursday before Haskins officially signed the agreement.

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Washington released Haskins on Dec. 28, a day after he was benched in a 20-13 loss to the Carolina Panthers. WFT head coach Ron Rivera said last month that the move would be beneficial for both parties.

"I told him that I believe it benefits both parties that we go our separate ways," Rivera said at the time. "We want to thank Dwayne for his contributions these last two seasons and wish him well moving forward."

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Haskins, drafted No. 15 overall by Washington in 2019, was often criticized for his lack of work ethic and maturity. Earlier this season, he had been photographed without a mask at a party following a loss to the Seattle Seahawks. He was fined $40,000 for his second violation of the NFL's COVID-19 protocols and stripped of his captaincy.

In a tweet, Haskins wrote: "I take full responsibility for not meeting the standards of a NFL QB [and] will become a better man [and] player because of this experience."

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The 23-year-old Haskins could eventually replace Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who has one year remaining on his contract. Roethlisberger has yet to determine his future with the team.

In 16 career games with Washington, Haskins completed 60.1% of his passes for 2,804 yards, 12 touchdowns and 14 interceptions.

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