According to Mike Jones of the Washington Post, Cravens was not in attendance at Redskins practice on Sunday morning as the team gears up for the start of the regular season in exactly one week. Cravens and the team then planned to revisit his situation at the conclusion of that month. Cravens' uncertainty explains why Washington kept five safeties on its initial 53-man roster. If he retires before his rookie contract expires, he would also have to pay back 75 percent of his $1.422 million signing bonus (roughly $1.06 million). "I think I need to follow what makes me happy, get my mental right, my well-being right and my family right".
The 22-year-old Cravens, Washington's expected starter at strong safety, has been out since August 15 following knee surgery to fix a torn meniscus, but was expected to return to practice this week to prepare for the season opener September 10 against Philadelphia.
Fellow Redskins safety D.J. Swearinger told ESPN the news of Cravens' possible retirement was "shocking". We're here to support him. But the team said Gruden will speak to reporters on Tuesday. In Week 14, Cravens sustained a bicep injury that wound up sidelining him the final three weeks of the season. After failed attempts by the coaching staff to reach him, several teammates reached out to Cravens, who informed them that he was contemplating retirement. They invested a second-round pick in Cravens and he's already considering retiring after one season.
Excited about his potential as a playmaker, coaches named him the starting strong safety entering spring practices although Cravens hasn't played that position full time since his freshman year at Southern California. An anonymous former teammate of Cravens' told ESPN that the safety has lost his love for the game. Now, Deshazor Everett is expected to start in Cravens' place. The sophomore has battled a number of health issues dating back to college, from knee problems to concussions to a torn biceps suffered late last season. The 6-foot, 195-pound Texas A&M product a year ago converted from cornerback to safety.