The Redskins and Broncos are talking about a Su’a Cravens trade. Details beyond that are sketchy.
Cravens was set to start at safety for the Redskins last year but a week before the season started he texted some of his teammates, telling them that he intended to retire. He eventually landed on the reserve/left camp list and he didn’t play at all.
Cravens recently was reinstated to the roster, putting the team in the position of deciding to keep him on the roster, releasing him, or trading him.
It appears that they don’t want to keep him and that they would like to try to trade him rather than letting their 2016 second-round pick walk away for nothing. NBC Sports Washington confirmed an NFL Media report that the Redskins and Denver have discussed a Cravens deal.
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The Broncos reportedly had Cravens rated as a first-round talent on their board so they have some respect for his ability. He still has three very affordable years left on his original rookie contract. The Redskins would love to get the second-round pick they invested in him two years ago but they are not exactly in a position of power here.
Perhaps a third-round pick would satisfy the Redskins. They traded away theirs in the Alex Smith deal. The Broncos have two of them, the 77th and 99th overall picks. They also could opt to take a fourth this year and a 2019 conditional pick that could improve if Cravens meets certain performance and attendance criteria.
Doug Williams spoke to the media shortly before reports of Cravens trade talks emerged in the media. As you might suspect, he didn’t say much.
“That’s something that we have to see,” he said. “When everybody comes together, find out what the main situation is. And I think that’s something that will work itself out, one way or the other.”
We could know more soon. The teams reportedly could agree to a deal in the next few days. Any trade could not be made official until the new league year starts on March 14.
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