The Washington Football Team trading away quarterback Dwayne Haskins is now being described as “inevitable.” It appears the relationship between Haskins and the organization is officially broken beyond repair.
“I spoke to a source close to the Haskins situation recently who said a trade is probably inevitable at this point, either now or later,” ESPN NFL insider Jeremy Fowler reported on SportsCenter this week. “You might as well do it now.”
The big question at this juncture is what Washington can realistically hope to get for the former Ohio State star.
“So for Washington, I expect for them to entertain at least some offers,” Fowler continued. “The question is, can they get enough capital?”
Haskins came into this season on a tight leash, as evidenced by all the offseason chatter about Joe Burrow and Tua Tagovailoa being potential draft picks. Surely enough, four games into the year, new head coach Ron Rivera decided to pull the plug on the Haskins Era in D.C. and install his former Carolina Panthers quarterback, Kyle Allen.
Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports recently described the relationship between Haskins and the organization as “toxic.”
“The situation between the quarterback, who was drafted 15th overall just 16 months ago, and Rivera’s staff is already fairly toxic, and multiple sources within the organization believe a trade by the end of the month is the most likely outcome,” he reported.
La Canfora also reported that Haskins was receptive to a fresh start.
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“Several sources close to Haskins have advised him that a trade would be far and away the best outcome possible, ideally to a solid franchise with an experienced veteran QB the 23-year-old could learn from,” he added.
At the moment, there are three legitimate potential trade suitors for Haskins: the Dallas Cowboys, Pittsburgh Steelers and Indianapolis Colts.
With Dak Prescott out for the year due to a compound fracture and dislocation of his right ankle, and Andy Dalton currently recovering from a brutal concussion, Ben DiNucci has been tasked with taking over Dallas’ offense. That is not a viable long-term solution. Last week he completed 2 of 3 passes for 39 yards and was sacked three times. There is no reason to assume he will fare any better going forward.
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While Haskins has a lot of flaws, he is a proven quarterback at the NFL level. In his last game before getting benched, he recorded 314 yards and rushed for a touchdown against the Baltimore Ravens. Even Rivera, who clearly hates him, acknowledges that he has a good arm and is a pro-caliber player. He could quietly come in and fill in for all of the Cowboys’ missing quarterbacks in the interim, and then sit back and learn when they heal up.
If not Dallas, Pittsburgh continues to make a ton of sense for Haskins. Current quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is in the midst of a tremendous comeback campaign, but he is 38 years old. Last year, he played in just two games before an injury robbed him of the rest of his season. The Steelers need a quarterback of the future, and Haskins could be it.
Finally, don’t sleep on the Colts. This week Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller suggested that Indianapolis could make for an intriguing trade partner if Washington wants rid itself of Haskins in a hurry.
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“The Colts are playing well with Philip Rivers but need a long-term plan,” he wrote. “Enter Haskins, who has more upside than Jacoby Brissett or Jacob Eason and could give general manager Chris Ballard a low-cost look at a 2019 first-rounder.”
While it is debatable whether Haskins actually has more upside than Brissett, clearly the Colts are not interested in giving the latter player a fair shot. As such, a Haskins trade would make perfect sense as far as long-term planning goes.
One way or another, it’s blatantly obvious that Haskins’ time with the organization that drafted him has come to an end. His trade value will not get any better from this point forward. It would serve all parties involved well to simply pull the trigger on a deal, get it over with, and move on with their lives.