The Washington Redskins were sent scrambling Sunday morning when projected starting strong safety Su'a Cravens informed team officials and teammates that he will retire just one year after the organization selected him in the second round of the National Football League draft.
Cravens, a second-round draft pick in 2016, started three games past year and was considered one of the team's most promising young players.
Cravens is one of the league's youngest players, a second-round pick past year, and he is struggling with his transition to the NFL.
In his lone season with the Redskins, Cravens played in 11 games and made three starts. "He's got to handle what he needs to handle, whether it's mental, whether it's family". This isn't first time he's considered retirement, I'm told.
After claiming former Vikings lineman T.J. Clemmings off waivers, the Redskins placed Cravens on the exempt/left squad list. "If you really love it you'll stick to it".
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In addition to the Patriots, the Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens were also reportedly in the running for the receiver. Previous year his numbers went up - 33 catches, 528 yards, two TD, with just one fumble.
His binary distinction between positive and negative suggests that fans, friends, family and/or teammates either understand and support his side (which has not been explained) or become the enemy.
Linebacker Mason Foster said he was surprised by the news. "I'll try to talk to him later on, tell him I'm praying for him, but I'm going straight to the iPad and watching Philly".
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"You never know what's in anyone's life, so you make sure that's fine first and foremost before you get back to your job", Redskins cornerback? "Everything. If you're not ready to come back and play and give it your all, and your heart isn't in it, then you'll seriously go out there and get hurt". The money and lifestyle of a professional football player is clearly enticing, but credit Cravens for considering his life over a lavish living. But the team said Gruden will speak to reporters on Tuesday.