The Steelers signed free agent quarterback Dwayne Haskins to a contract after the team hosted him for a visit on Thursday, the team announced on Thursday afternoon.
Haskins will wear No. 3 with the Steelers, he announced on social media.
— Dwayne Haskins, Jr (@dh_simba7) January 21, 2021
The 23-year-old was released by Washington on Dec. 23 after a failed tenure as a starting quarterback. He was replaced in Washington by veteran Alex Smith and then eventually by unheralded journeyman Taylor Heinicke after Smith was injured.
In 16 games with Washington, Haskins threw 444 times, completing 267 for 2804 yards, a 60.1% completion percentage. He threw for 12 touchdowns compared to 14 interceptions and recorded a 74.4 passer rating. He was also sacked 49 times.
Washington released Haskins less then two years after making him the No. 15 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. Haskins entered the NFL early, playing just two seasons at Ohio State and only one as a starter. In 2018, he threw for 4,831 yards, 50 touchdowns and eight interceptions with the Buckeyes.
Starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger reportedly intends to return for the final season of his contract, but the 38-year-old is set to count for $41 million toward the Steelers’ 2021 salary cap.
The Steelers chose to allow the contract of practice squad quarterback Devlin Hodges to lapse and third-stringer Joshua Dobbs is headed for unrestricted free agency this offseason.