The Denver Broncos are reportedly in talks to sign Washington Redskins safety Su’a Cravens, according to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport.
The 22-year-old, who can also play linebacker, was medically cleared to resume football activities in December and reinstated to the league in February.
Cravens was placed on the reserve/left squad list in mid-September after walking away from the team days before the start of the 2017 season, and was reportedly considering retirement as he dealt with a knee injury and was treated for post-concussion syndrome.
The former USC Trojan, drafted in the second round by the Redskins in 2016 played 11 games in his rookie year, starting three, with 34 combined tackles, one sack, and an interception.
CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora reported earlier this week that the Redskins were shopping Cravens, who has three years left on his $4.4 million contract.
No surprise at all given their complicated history, but Skins trying to see what they get for Su’a Cravens, who retired/didn’t play in ’16
— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) 26 February 2018
NBC Sports’ JP Finlay has noted that the Broncos had a high draft grade on Cravens ahead of the 2016 draft and aren’t short of draft capital this year.
The Broncos’ war chest of 10 picks includes two third rounders and two fourth rounders, while the Redskins have just six picks with no third rounder after they traded it with cornerback Kendall Fuller to Kansas City for quarterback Alex Smith.
The rumor mill has already started churning that the Broncos could be looking to part company with safety Darian Stewart.
Stewart turns 30 in August and has $4.5m fully guaranteed on March 18, and the eight-year vet has three years remaining on his current $28m contract, but the Broncos are reportedly keen to shift cap space to make a run at former Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins.
If the Broncos agree a trade with Redskins, a deal cannot be completed until the new league year starts on March 14.