The Pittsburgh Steelers are holding onto Dwayne Haskins. The club announced that the former Ohio State quarterback signed a 1-year restricted free agent tender.

Haskins was with the Steelers last season but did not see any playing time in the regular season. Haskins felt he benefitted from a year of not playing.

“I feel like I learned a lot from not playing,” Haskins said, per Steelers.com. “Coach (Mike Tomlin), a lot of guys just wanted me to just have an opportunity to sit back and learn. I never really had a chance to get to learn the NFL game the way that it should be done and the way the Steelers want it done. They gave me an opportunity to understand the Steelers way of how they want their quarterbacks to operate. That was a great learning experience to be able to move forward this year and try to embody what it is to be a guy like Ben, take over a great franchise the way that he did.

“Anytime you get an opportunity to sit back and learn, you get to see what to do and what not to do. And I feel like I had a great chance this year to see what it’s like to be a leader. A guy like Ben (Roethlisberger), a Hall of Fame quarterback, guys have a lot of respect for him. Especially when we play other teams. Players on the opposing team showing a lot of gratitude and respect. I think that the best thing for me was being able to see it in practice every day. Some days, on Wednesdays, Ben would have a vet day. I was able to go with the ones, able to go against the first-team defense, and it was a good experience as far as still being able to progress and get better. So, I got better this year even if I didn’t get a chance to play.”

Haskins has been in the league since 2019, when he was the No. 15 overall pick by Washington. In his pro career, Haskins has completed 267-of-444 passes for 2,804 yards,12 touchdowns and 14 interceptions.

 

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