Redskins placing Su'a Cravens on exempt list


According to ESPN's Adam Schefter and John Keim, Su'a Cravens told members of the Redskins' organization that he was retiring. Allen, however, convinced Cravens to postpone such a decision.

Cravens wasn't at Redskins practice this morning.

A second-round pick from USC in the 2016 NFL Draft, Cravens dealt with torn biceps and a concussion last season.

Cravens informed the other defensive backs in a group chat Saturday night that he was going to retire and then exited the session by saying: "peace out", a source said. The money and lifestyle of a professional football player is clearly enticing, but credit Cravens for considering his life over a lavish living.

The Redskins didn't make coach Jay Gruden available to reporters on Sunday, which marked a change in the schedule. While no one seems to know why Cravens was contemplating the move, everyone agrees that the young man needs to get his life together before coming back.

"It's shocking, but it is what it is", said free safety D.J. Swearinger, who had taken Cravens under his wing since signing with Washington in March. We're here to support him, but that's something tough. "I'm praying for him and hope he'll be back".

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"If it's family issues, personal issues, whatever he's dealing with, I'm supportive". Cravens waffled, but as recently as last week had told multiple people that he was excitedly looking forward to opening the regular season in the starting lineup. ESPN reported that Cravens informed a handful of teammates the prior day that he meant to notify the team of his retirement.

Washington linebacker Su'a Cravens hasn't been around the National Football League for long, but perhaps he's had enough already.

The Redskins had to talk second-year safety Su'a Cravens out of retirement.

Cravens, a second-round draft pick in 2016, started three games previous year and was considered one of the team's most promising young players.

As of publication, a request for comment from Cravens' camp has not been returned. He practiced there throughout the offseason and training camp before being injured three snaps into an August 10 preseason game at Baltimore.