Su’a Cravens was reinstated into the NFL off the reserved/left squad list two weeks ago. However, it appears the Washington Redskins are not ready to mend their strained relationship with the young safety. According to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, the Redskins are actively shopping Cravens in the trade market.
No surprise at all given their complicated history, but Skins trying to see what they get for Su'a Cravens, who retired/didn't play in '16
— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) February 26, 2018
Cravens had a promising rookie season in 2016 as a hybrid linebacker. Heading into the 2017 season, the Redskins were prepared to move him to his natural position of safety. However, just days before the regular season was set to begin, Cravens contemplated retirement. He went as far to tell his defensive back teammates that he was leaving the sport.
A meeting with Redskins president Bruce Allen gave Cravens time to think over his decision. However, shortly afterwards the team placed the second-year pro on the reserved/left squad list in September, shutting down any possibility of him returning for 2017.
In December, Cravens’ agent released a statement detailing that his client had suffered and recovered from post-concussion syndrome and was ready to return to the NFL for the 2018 season.
Despite receiving medical clearance, both sides appear not ready to bury the hatchet. Washington’s decision to reportedly shop Cravens comes as no surprise.
In an interview with 106.7 the Fan earlier this month, veteran Redskins safety DeAngelo Hall said Cravens must re-prove himself to his teammates. Hall stated it would be “tough” for a lot of Redskins players to look past Cravens’ abrupt departure last year.
In Cravens’ absence, the Redskins started three different players at safety opposite of defensive captain D.J. Swearinger — Hall, Montae Nicholson, and Deshazor Everett — with mixed results. Nicholson showed flashes but from a talent standpoint Cravens could be an option to help sure up the position. However, after such a shaky situation Washington appears not willing to explore that option.