Dec 27, 2020; Landover, Maryland, USA; Washington Football Team quarterback Dwayne Haskins Jr. (7) walks off the field after the game against the Carolina Panthers at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

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QB Haskins clears waivers, becomes free agent

Former Washington Football Team quarterback Dwayne Haskins was not claimed on waivers and officially became a free agent, NFL Network reported Tuesday after the second-year player was released by the club Monday.

The departure from Washington of the former first-round draft pick in 2019 was swift after issues both on and off the field.

The decision to release Haskins came after he was fined $40,000 and stripped of his captaincy following a trip to a nightclub in which he was spotted without wearing a mask. Under the NFL’s COVID-19 protocol, going to a nightclub without wearing personal protective equipment is punishable by a maximum fine of one week’s salary or up to a four-game suspension.

Haskins started on Sunday in place of an injured Alex Smith before being benched in the fourth quarter. He threw two interceptions and lost a fumble in a 20-13 loss to the Carolina Panthers.

“My time with the WFT has unfortunately come to an end,” Haskins wrote on his private Twitter account, per ESPN.com. “I thank the team & 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.”

Haskins, 23, completed 148 of 241 pass attempts for 1,439 yards with five touchdowns and seven interceptions this season. He also fumbled six times and went 1-5 as a starter.

In two seasons since being selected by Washington out of Ohio State with the 15th overall pick of the 2019 NFL Draft, Haskins has thrown for 2,804 yards with 12 touchdowns and 14 interceptions.

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