Su’a Cravens is getting a fresh start.
The Washington Redskins are trading the 22-year-old safety to the Denver Broncos, a person with knowledge of the deal told USA TODAY Sports’ Mike Jones. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to disclose the deal.
After initially announcing in the preseason that he intended to retire for medical and personal reasons, Cravens missed all of last season on the reserve/left squad list. In December, his agent, Fadde Mikhail, announced that Cravens had been medically cleared to resume all football activities.
Football evolution is a history of offensive innovation leading to defensive adjustment. O’Brien has little choice but to stay ahead of the curve before brilliant defensive minds adjust — as they’ve done in the past with dual-threat quarterbacks operating in heavily schemed attacks.
The Giants have hitched their wagon to Manning for at least one more season, and it’s ludicrous for them to believe they have a better chance of maximizing the two-time Super Bowl winner’s window without Beckham. Next, even if New York’s plan is to instead draft a quarterback with the No. 2 overall pick and move on from Manning in 2019 when his cap savings will be $17 million, then keeping Beckham is still the most logical option. Paying $20 million to a receiver is a lot more palatable when your starting quarterback is locked into a cheap rookie deal for the foreseeable future
Plus, what better gift could you give to a developing young passer than a game-breaking receiver who’s proven himself capable of carrying an offense And while some may balk at the prospect of paying a non-quarterback/pass-rusher that amount of money, the NFL clearly is valuing receivers more than ever. Beckham’s draftmate Sammy Watkins, who has one 1,000-yard season on his resume, was just given $16 million per season. Paul Richardson received a contract worth $10 million annually, and he has three fewer career receiving yards than Beckham produced in his rookie campaign alone.