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Jay Gruden claims Redskins aren’t trading Su’a Cravens

Su'a Cravens, Redskins

Contrary to earlier reports over the last few days, Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden said on Thursday that safety Su’a Cravens is not available via trade, according to an article written today by Kareem Copeland of the Washington Post.

“We’re not trading him. I just saw that on the ticker. 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,” Gruden said of Cravens. “The big thing is, is this something that he wants to do? He has to commit to it full time. He’s a good football player, there’s no doubt about it. He’s a great kid. I’m sure it will work out for him.”

It was reported yesterday that the Redskins and the Denver Broncos were in trade talks over Cravens, but it doesn’t appear that the 22-year-old safety is being shopped after all.

Cravens, who was a second-round selection of Washington in the 2016 NFL Draft, departed from the team last summer due to personal reasons and did not suit up for a single regular season game for the Redskins. However, his agent recently said that he’d been cleared to return to all football activities after receiving treatment for post-concussion syndrome.

“He made a decision that he thought was right for him and his family and at the end of the day, no one can really put themselves in his shoes,” Gruden said. “He had to do that for himself and make that decision himself. People make decisions. We’re not the judge and jury. It’s up to him to come back and I think guys will accept him back.”

During his rookie 2016-17 season, Cravens appeared in 11 games and totaled 34 tackles, five pass deflections, one interception, and one quarterback sack.