It took lower than two video games to rework quarterback Taylor Heinicke from a man whose NFL profession appeared over to signing a multi-year contract.
The Washington Soccer Staff introduced Wednesday that it signed Heinicke to a two-year deal, which is price as much as $8.75 million, a supply confirmed. Heinicke would have been a restricted free agent, however Washington had made it clear it needed to maintain him primarily based on how he completed the season.
Washington nonetheless has Alex Smith beneath contract for 2 extra years, although his future right here stays unsure. Kyle Allen is an unique rights free agent whom the coaches like. The staff additionally has Steven Montez, an undrafted free agent final season.
Heinicke’s displaying put him within the dialog to at the least be a main backup and supply depth, if nothing else.
Heinicke was taking math courses at Previous Dominion College, the place he performed collegiately, when Washington signed him to its follow squad Dec. 8. He was positioned on the energetic roster later that month and relieved an ineffective Dwayne Haskins in a Week 16 loss to Carolina. In two sequence, he led one landing drive and had one other scoring toss nullified by a penalty.
With Smith scuffling with a bone bruise, Heinicke began Washington’s playoff recreation towards Tampa Bay and was efficient. He accomplished 26-of-44 passes for 306 yards, one landing and an interception. He additionally confirmed his mobility, scrambling for an 8-yard landing run that ended with him diving for the pylon.
Heinicke signed with Minnesota as an undrafted free agent in 2015, taking part in for present Washington offensive coordinator Scott Turner. He was the lone NFL coach who visited Heinicke earlier than the draft. After two seasons with Minnesota, he frolicked on the follow squads of New England after which Houston. He then signed with Carolina, coached by present Washington coach Ron Rivera.
Heinicke performed six video games with Carolina, beginning one. In his lone begin he accomplished 33-of-53 passes for 274 yards, one landing and three interceptions. He suffered an elbow damage that landed him on injured reserve.
The NFL Community first reported the cash on Heinicke’s contract.