ORLANDO — Three months into an unusually active NFL offseason of trades and dealmaking, safety Su’a Cravens remains on the Washington Redskins’ roster despite questions on both sides about how he would blend back into their locker room.
“Su’a is a good football player. He’s on the football team right now,” Williams said of Cravens, 22, the Redskins’ second-round pick in the 2016 NFL draft. “The thing about this business, everybody is tradeable if the price is right. I think that’s how we’ve got to look at it. We’re not giving anybody away who has talent.”
Cravens impressed in his 11 games as a linebacker/safety hybrid his rookie season, which was interrupted by a concussion. Nonetheless, he finished the season with 34 tackles, one sack, one interception and five passes defended. And coaches were bullish about his prospects as a projected starting safety in 2017.
But Cravens abruptly announced his retirement roughly a week before the Redskins’ regular season began, citing personal and health-related factors. The Redskins countered by placing him on the reserve/left squad list, which effectively preserved the three years remaining on his rookie contract.
In December, Cravens’s agent at the time announced that his client had been medically cleared to play again after battling post-concussion syndrome. The NFL reinstated him in February. Earlier this month at the NFL combine in Indianapolis, Redskins Coach Jay Gruden refuted a report that the team was seeking trading partners for Cravens.
“We’re not trading him,” Gruden told reporters. “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. Physically, I know he’s going to be in great shape.”
Williams, asked about the possibility Sunday, pointed out that with any NFL trade — whether the player is a second-year safety or a 13-year quarterback — “the price has got to be right.”
Noting Cravens’s ability, Williams added: “That’s why you don’t just say, ‘Give me whatever you want.’ That’s not the way it works in this business. Right now, he’s a Redskin, and that’s how we’ve got to look at it.”
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