Source: #Redskins S Su’a Cravens has offically applied to the NFL for reinstatement off the reserve/left squad list the Skins placed him on last September. A key sign he wants to play.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 12, 2018
Su'a Cravens has reportedly applied for reinstatement to get off the reserve/left squad list the Redskins placed him on in September. Cravens told the team he was planning on retiring right before the season started, but was talked out of it by team officials.
The Redskins originally placed Cravens on the exempt/left squad list, a day after reports came out he would be reporting back to the team. Cravens agent stated that his client was medically cleared to return to football in December after seeing a concussion specialist. Cravens suffered a concussion and biceps injury during his rookie season, and had knee surgery following an injury during a preseason game last year.
When Cravens is reinstated he will count against the Redskins 90-man offseason roster. Cravens might want to get back to professional football, but there are doubts that it will be with the Redskins. Coaches and players were reportedly not happy with the way Cravens handled the situation. The Redskins have a neverending need at safety, but Cravens might not be able to help even if he is an option for the team.
This really is a formality. Wasn't a secret that he wanted to return. Question is where. Be surprised if it's here. never know, but would take some work... https://t.co/MTrwhcFkMH— John Keim (@john_keim) February 12, 2018
Washington could attempt to make it work, or look to trade him next month to at least get something in return for a former 2nd round pick that played for one year. The return would likely be a conditional late round pick, or a player another team is looking to unload.
The final option is to just release him and cut the team's losses. This allows Cravens and the team to move on from a strange situation. The Redskins would rather get something for him, but team's might be hesitant to even throw a late pick in for a player who left his team.
Cravens will need to assure the Redskins, or other teams, that he is committed to playing in the NFL. And that he is healthy enough, physically and mentally, to compete at the highest level in football.