This Patriots-Redskins Trade for Dwayne Haskins Actually Makes Sense

Dwayne Haskins
Washington Redskins QB Dwayne Haskins | Patrick McDermott/Getty Images

Despite a semi-promising rookie season, Washington Redskins head coach Ron Rivera hasn't unequivocally declared that former first round pick Dwayne Haskins will be the team's starting quarterback in 2020, and he has even entertained the idea of selecting Tua Tagovailoa in the draft.

If Washington makes the baffling move to give up on Haskins after just seven starts, the New England Patriots, fresh off losing Tom Brady, could swoop in grab the young gunslinger.

The Patriots have a bevy of mid-round picks in the upcoming draft, owners of three third-round picks as well as four sixth-round selections. Parting ways with the best picks in each of those rounds (No. 87 and No. 195) could be enough to force Ron Rivera's hand on a deal.

Trading for him has been made more complicated by the fact that the Patriots don't have a second round pick in this year's draft. While Dolphins QB Josh Rosen was acquired from the Arizona Cardinals in exchange for a second and fifth-round pick last year, Haskins showed more than Rosen did on a worse team, especially when he threw seven touchdowns against just three interceptions in games that he started.

As it currently stands, the Patriots will be trotting out Jarrett Stidham under center in 2020, and while the team is said to be high on the former Auburn product, Haskins could be brought in as a means to provide competition for the starting gig.