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Former Washington Football Team QB Dwayne Haskins Hits Free Agency After Waivers

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Washington Football Team quarterback Dwayne Haskins went unclaimed on waivers and is now a free agent, according to Mike Garafolo of NFL Network

The Washington Football Team released quarterback Haskins on Monday.

Haskins, the team's first-round pick in 2019, went 3—10 for Washington as a starter in two seasons. 

"This afternoon I met with Dwayne and informed him that we would be releasing him," coach Ron Rivera said in a statement. "I told him that I believe it benefits both parties that we go our separate ways. We want to thank Dwayne for his contributions these last two seasons and wish him well moving forward."

Haskins, 23, was the team's starter for the first four games of the 2020 NFL season but was demoted before the team's fifth game in lieu of quarterback Kyle Allen.

The Ohio State product was re-promoted later this season and started each of Washington's last two games, both losses, but was relieved on Sunday in the fourth quarter of the Football Team's 20-13 defeat to the Panthers. 

"My time with the WFT has unfortunately come to an end," Haskins said in a tweet. "I thank the team and fans for the opportunity to play for the team I grew up rooting for. I take full responsibility for not meeting the standards of a NFL QB & will become a better man & player because of this experience."

Ron Rivera said Monday that Taylor Heinicke will start at quarterback this Sunday against the Eagles if Alex Smith is unable to play. Smith has been dealing with a calf injury in recent weeks.

Last week, Haskins was stripped of his captainship and fined by the team after a second COVID-19 violation this season. Haskins appeared to have attended a party maskless last week, and his $40,000 fine was the largest known for a player for a COVID-19 violation, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

Washington will win the NFC East this Sunday if it is able to beat the Eagles.