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ASHBURN, Va. — The Washington Football Team released quarterback Dwayne Haskins one day after he was benched in a loss to the Carolina Panthers — and hours after he was demoted behind a player signed to the practice squad less than a month ago.
In a statement, Washington coach Ron Rivera said he met with Haskins on Monday to inform him of his decision.
“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.”
In a tweet, Haskins wrote: “I take full responsibility for not meeting the standards of a NFL QB & will become a better man & player because of this experience.”
Two hours earlier, Rivera told the media on his video conference call that Washington would start Taylor Heinicke if Alex Smith was unable to play in Sunday’s season finale at Philadelphia. Washington (6-9) can win the NFC East with a victory.
The release signaled yet another step in Haskins’ demise since he was drafted 15th overall by Washington in 2019.
Haskins will count $8.5 million