The Redskins had to talk second-year safety Su’a Cravens out of retirement.
ESPN reported Sunday that the 22-year-old Cravens, a second-round pick of the Redskins in the 2016 NFL Draft, was considering retirement after suffering a knee injury this summer.
The knee injury was just the latest in a series of maladies for the 6-1, 224-pound safety from USC. He was limited to 11 games as a rookie because of arm and hip injuries and a concussion that forced him to miss Washington’s Week 5 and 6 games last season. Cravens had played in just one preseason game this year, Washington’s opener against the Ravens.
Cravens was not at practice Sunday, but a meeting with Washington’s coaches and executives changed his mind about retirement. His knee injury is expected to keep Cravens out of Washington’s regular-season opener against the Eagles.
There also may be financial incentives for Cravens to keep playing. Per Pro Football Talk, if he retires, the Redskins could ask him to pay back 75 percent of his $1.422 million signing bonus, or $1.06 million. He’d also be forgoing a 2017 salary of $651,000, $852,000 in 2018 and $1.05 million in 2019.
Should Cravens decide to walk away from football, he would not be the first to retire at a young age — but he might be the youngest NFL player to do so.
After claiming former Vikings lineman T.J. Clemmings off waivers, the Redskins placed Cravens on the exempt/left squad list.
“If it’s family issues, personal issues, whatever he’s dealing with, I’m supportive. Hopefully he’ll deal with what he has to deal with and be back out here.”