3 possible trade destinations for Washington QB Dwayne Haskins
3 Possible Trade Destinations for Dwayne Haskins originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington
The writing is for Dwayne Haskins in Washington on the wall.
Head coach Ron Rivera put Haskins on the bench earlier this week in favor of Kyle Allen and posted the 15th overall win in 2019 just four weeks after the start of the season. Haskins wasn't just downgraded to a backup role. He's now third on Washington's depth map behind Alex Smith.
On Sunday, just hours before Haskins was supposed to be a healthy scratch for the first time in his career, a report surfaced from Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports that Washington might attempt to trade the quarterback before October 29th. Rival executives are already watching Haskin's film, the report said.
It's unclear what Washington could get in return for the sophomore quarterback. But if Rivera has decided that Haskins isn't the answer to that position in the long run, it's worth asking what the team could get for him.
So if the Burgundy and Gold finally decide to swap Haskins, where could it end up?
Here are three teams who might be interested in Haskins ...
1. Pittsburgh Steelers
There is no team that suits Haskins better than the Steelers.
Pittsburgh has a future Hall of Fame quarterback in Ben Roethlisberger, but he is 38 years old and has a serious elbow injury. The 2020 season could very well be Big Ben's last in the NFL.
As we saw last season when Roethlisberger was injured, the Steelers clearly have a problem with the backup quarterback. Mason Rudolph was utterly terrible when he played while Delvin "Duck" Hodges was no better. If Pittsburgh had even had a competent quarterback last year, they would have made the playoffs.
In the Steel City, Haskins was able to sit behind Big Ben for the remainder of the season, learning the ropes from one of the league's best passers-by in the past two decades. Once Roethlisberger finally decides to hang the cleats, Haskins should be ready to take control.
The Steelers have better weapons than Washington on the offensive. They are also one of the best run organizations in the NFL. Going to Pittsburgh would give Haskins a fresh start, as well as an opportunity to rewrite the story of his career later.
2. New England Patriots
The Patriots seem to have found their heir from Tom Brady in Cam Newton. Before Newton tested positive for COVID-19, he was brilliant for New England and looked like his 2015 MVP self.
While Newton might be the answer for New England in the QB position in the short term, keep in mind that he is only under contract for the remainder of the 2020 season. Should he continue his impressive game, Newton could deserve extra time before the end of the season. But of course nothing is guaranteed.
As we saw in New England last Monday's game against the Chiefs, the Patriots will get into trouble offensively if Newton is missed several games. Both Brian Hoyer and Jarrett Stidham were inconspicuous and borderline not startable.
If New England took over Haskins, the sophomore year QB could sit behind Newton for the remainder of the season, learning the ropes from a quarterback he's already had a relationship with and has trained with in the past. Newton has dealt with his own share of fighting in the NFL and could certainly mentor Haskins for the remainder of the season.
Also, very few, if any, coaches get more out of their players than Patriots head coach Bill Belichick. There's a reason Haskins was voted in the first round last year. He still has a lot of talent and ability.
If Haskins is given the chance to study under Belichick, New England could be the team that will ultimately get the best out of him.
3. Las Vegas Raiders
So far, quarterback Derek Carr has made an excellent start to 2020 for the Raiders. In four weeks Carr has thrown 1,095 yards, eight touchdowns and zero (!!) interceptions.
The problem in Vegas, however, is what happens if Carr fails? The Raiders spent a lot of money in the free agency on backup quarterback Marcus Mariota, but several reports from the training camp said he was less than impressive. He's also currently on the IR with a pec injury, which means Nathan Peterman Vegas is Vegas' current backup.
Of course, Raiders head coach Jon Gruden is the brother of former Washington head coach Jay Gruden, who for several reasons didn't want Washington to design Haskins last year. When Jon asks his brother to contribute to Haskins, don't expect positive endorsement from Jay.
However, Jon is not his brother. Before joining the Raiders as head coach, the elder Gruden was an ESPN analyst who specialized in scouting young quarterbacks. He almost certainly has his own view of Haskins too.
Despite his ups and downs, Haskins is a much better quarterback than Peterman right now. And by the age of 23, he's probably got more benefits than Mariota too. The Raiders also have better weapons than Washington, highlighted by Darren Waller, a target vacuum who is a quarterback's best friend.
The Raiders have a system in which Haskins can be successful. If Gruden wanted to take a risk on Haskins, there is sure to be a scenario where the Raiders head coach would at least inquire about the sophomore quarterback.
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