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Su'a Cravens | Defensive Back | #21

Team: Denver Broncos
Age / DOB:  (23) / 7/7/1995
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 224
College: USC
Drafted: 2016 / Rd. 2 (53) / WAS
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Broncos acquired S Su'a Cravens and 2018 fourth- and fifth-round picks from the Redskins in exchange for a 2018 fourth-round pick and two fifth-rounders.
There were five draft picks involved in this deal, but the Broncos essentially only gave up a fifth-rounder for Cravens, who walked away from the Redskins ahead of last season, citing health and personal reasons. Cravens figures to be a third safety and linebacker playing heavy sub-package snaps. Mar 28 - 11:49 AM

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Speaking Thursday, Redskins coach Jay Gruden claimed the team would not be trading S Su'a Cravens.

"We’re not trading him," Gruden said flatly. "He’s still a member of this football team and we have every intention of seeing where he’s at. I’ll have to talk to him and see where he’s at mentally." Despite a surprisingly strong denial, Gruden still ended up leaving wiggle room. Cravens is probably better than 50-50 to be dealt after sitting out 2017.
Mar 1 - 3:12 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Broncos are "in talks" to acquire Redskins S Su'a Cravens.

Rapoport labels Denver as the "most likely landing spot" for Cravens, who stepped away from the game in 2017 after knee surgery and a bout with concussions. The former second-rounder is still just 22 years old and played 294 snaps as a rookie in 2016, receiving plus marks from Pro Football Focus for his run defense, pass coverage, and pass rush. A safety-linebacker 'tweener, Cravens could be a replacement for impending free agent ILB Todd Davis.
Feb 28 - 3:52 PM

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora writes the Redskins are "trying to see what they can get" for S Su'a Cravens, who hasn't played since 2016.

The 53rd pick in the 2016 draft, Cravens sat out all of 2017 contemplating retirement after knee surgery and multiple concussions. He has three years left on his rookie deal and a $1 million cap hit in 2018 for any team that acquires him. Cravens made three starts in 2016 and will be 23 to start the year.
Feb 26 - 4:50 PM

Redskins S Su'a Cravens has been reinstated from the reserve/left squad list.

Cravens sat out all last season to recover from injuries. His contract tolled while on the exempt list, so he still has three years left on his rookie deal. A 2016 second round pick, the Redskins are expected to move on from Cravens, but there should be trade interest in him this offseason.
Feb 14 - 5:10 PM

NBC Sports Washington's JP Finlay writes it is "hard to see a scenario" in which S Su'a Cravens returns to the Redskins.

It is almost the exact same wording ESPN's John Keim used to describe the situation in January. Despite applying for reinstatement, it appears Cravens' time in Washington is finished. With three years left on his rookie deal after his contract tolled last season, Cravens should draw some interest on the trade block.
Feb 13 - 11:39 AM

Redskins S Su'a Cravens has filed for reinstatement from the team's reserve/left squad list.

Cravens was placed on the reserve/left squad list when he contemplated retirement last September. Cravens wound up taking the year off following a barrage of injuries, including knee surgery and concussions. The 53rd overall pick in the 2016 draft, Cravens made three starts as a rookie. The Redskins are believed to be done with him, but Cravens could resurface with another team.
Feb 12 - 5:21 PM

ESPN's John Keim wrote "it's hard to see" S Su'a Cravens returning to the Redskins.

Cravens flirted with retirement last September before leaving the team and spending the season on the exempt/left squad list. Cravens' agent said the safety was suffering from post-concussion syndrome during that episode, but he has been medically cleared now and is "looking forward" to the 2018 season. Even so, Keim doubts Washington trusts Cravens enough to keep him around, and they have found a replacement in Montae Nicholson. A second-round picking in 2016, Cravens should draw interest if Washington puts him on the block.
Source: ESPN
Jan 23 - 10:05 AM

Redskins S Su'a Cravens (concussion, exempt/left squad list) has been medically cleared to return to football.

In a confusing couple weeks, Cravens flirted with retirement in September before ultimately stepping away from the team for the season. His agent says he was suffering from post-concussion syndrome during that episode, but he has undergone treatment and is "looking forward to the 2018 NFL season." A second-round pick in 2016, Cravens has a long and scary history with concussions.
Tue, Dec 12, 2017 10:26:00 AM

Redskins S Su'a Cravens (exempt/left squad list) wouldn't rule out returning next season.

Cravens told the Redskins in early September he planned to retire. He met with the team this week, but won't be back in 2017. Cravens has a lengthy injury history and could use a year off to get healthy. The Redskins are going with D.J. Swearinger, Montae Nicholson, and DeShazor Everett as their top three safeties.
Source: ESPN
Sat, Sep 23, 2017 07:04:00 PM

The Redskins announced Monday that SS Su'a Cravens will not play this season.

Cravens has an absolutely brutal injury history, including a scary track record of concussions. He is presently considering retirement. The Skins will move forward with some combination of D.J. Swearinger, Montae Nicholson, and DeShazor Everett at safety. DeAngelo Hall can come off the PUP list in Week 7.
Mon, Sep 18, 2017 05:05:00 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports S Su'a Cravens (exempt/left squad list) is expected to report to the Redskins' facility on Tuesday.

Cravens had been considering retirement but apparently he's ready to give football another shot. He's still dealing with an undisclosed health issue, so it may be a while before he's back on the field. Cravens was placed on the exempt/left squad list) prior to Week 1.
Source: NFL.com
Sun, Sep 17, 2017 08:34:00 AM

Speaking Tuesday, Redskins coach Jay Gruden empathized with second-year S Su'a Cravens' decision to step away from the team.

"He has a lot to decide for a young man," Gruden said. "There are some issues he has to take care of. ... Sometimes your personal life is more important." No one seems to think Cravens is gone for good, but it's anyone's guess as to when he will be back. The Redskins can't be counting on him for 2017.
Tue, Sep 5, 2017 02:21:00 PM

In a video on Snapchat, Redskins S Su'a Cravens said he decided to leave the team because he needs "to follow what makes me happy."

"I don’t feel like I need to explain myself. I don’t feel like I have to," Cravens said. "I need to follow what makes me happy, get my mental right, my well-being right, my family right." The comments do not necessarily mean he is done with football for good, but he certainly sounds done with it for now. Cravens was placed on the exempt/left squad list over the weekend.
Tue, Sep 5, 2017 09:22:00 AM

Redskins placed S Su'a Cravens on the exempt/left squad list.

Per beat writer Mike Jones, Cravens will be sidelined for at least a month. Cravens has battled a near-constant wave of injuries since arriving as a second-round pick in 2016 and nearly hung up his cleats this weekend before having a last-minute change of heart. Teammates have suggested Cravens is dealing with personal/mental health issues. Deshazor Everett will handle strong safety in his absence.
Sun, Sep 3, 2017 12:22:00 PM

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PosRoleName
DE1Derek Wolfe
2Adam Gotsis
3Zach Kerr
4Shelby Harris
5DeMarcus Walker
NT1Domata Peko
2Clinton McDonald
3Kyle Peko
4DeShawn Williams
ILB1Brandon Marshall
2Todd Davis
3Zaire Anderson
4Jerrol Garcia-Williams
5Josey Jewell
OLB1Von Miller
2Bradley Chubb
3Shaq Barrett
4Shane Ray
5Jeff Holland
CB1Chris Harris
2Bradley Roby
3Tramaine Brock
4Brendan Langley
5Isaac Yiadom
FS1Darian Stewart
2Will Parks
3Jordan Moore
4Trey Marshall
SS1Justin Simmons
2Su'a Cravens
3Shamarko Thomas
4Dymonte Thomas
P1Marquette King