Jeez, even JaMarcus Russell lasted longer than Dwayne Haskins.
Ending a turbulent, unproductive tenure with the Washington Football Team Haskins was released on Monday. The quarterback was the No. 15 overall pick of the 2019 draft.
Of course, Russell — who lasted three seasons with the Raiders — is still the biggest NFL bust ever because he was the No. 1 overall pick in 2007 ... and then was so, so bad.
We have released QB Dwayne Haskins pic.twitter.com/KRrWxWra7E— Washington Football Team (@WashingtonNFL) December 28, 2020
That leads us back to what this community lives and breathes for — the Las Vegas Raiders. Would Jon Gruden consider claiming Haskins? He will be available Tuesday.
It’s something to consider. Gruden fancies himself as a quarterback guru and he has brought in several QBs to the Raiders in less than three years — including Marcus Mariota, AJ McCarron, EJ Manuel, Nathan Peterman and DeShone Kizer.
A 23-year-old quarterback drafted in the first round less than two years ago will pique the interest of any offensive coach and the Raiders showed interest in Haskins prior to the 2019 draft. Gruden and Raiders’ general manager Mike Mayock held a private workout with Haskins shortly before the 2019 draft and NFL Media reported that the Raiders considered taking him with the No. 4 pick.
Claiming Haskins won’t cost much and the Raiders would have him in the program for the entire offseason in 2021.
Dwayne Haskins is due $4.266 million in fully guaranteed base salary over the 2021 and 2022 seasons. Any team that claims him off waivers would be on the hook for that -- a relatively small price, if someone thinks they can unlock the 23-year-old former 1st-round pick. https://t.co/kCxc5ZdYhm— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) December 28, 2020
The biggest factor against the Raiders taking a risk with Haskins may be that his first coach in Washington was Jay Gruden, the brother of Jon Gruden. There were reports last year that the Washington coaching staff didn’t want Haskins, so Gruden’s brother may not give the Raiders a glowing review of Haskins. Certainly, there are reasons to be wary of adding him.
Dwayne Haskins Jr.'s past week:— SB Nation NFL (@SBNationNFL) December 28, 2020
• Got caught partying maskless
• Was stripped of his captaincy
• Had an 8.5 QB rating before being benched on Sunday
• Blew off media after the game
• And now the WFT announced that they've released him @HogsHaven
Still, expect the Raiders to at least think about adding Haskins. And, no, this has nothing to do with Derek Carr’s future. It’s about Gruden and his fascination with quarterbacks and that’s why this is a development worth watching.