The Redskins finally or prematurely pulled the plug on the ill-fated Su’a Cravens era on Wednesday when they traded him to the Denver Broncos.
The trade, expected for a month, was first reported by Ian Rapoport of NFL Media at the combine and confirmed by many other outlets at the time.
Redskins, as usual, denied that a trade was happening
then and tried to cover up what they already knew was the truth.
More on that shortly, but here’s what the Redskins get for another disastrous second-round pick that they received ultimately very little for in exchange.
Denver agreed to part with a fourth-round pick (#109, 2018), two fifth-round picks (#142) & (#163) and a 2020 conditional sixth-round pick.
Seems like a lot, right? However, the Redskins exchanged their fourth-round pick this year (#113) and their fifth-round pick (#149) to make the deal happen, per multiple reports.
Essentially, the Redskins moved up four spots (113 to 109) in this year’s fourth-round and picked up an extra fifth-round pick in the process. They also picked up that conditional pick in 2020.
That’s not a bad return for Cravens, a second-round pick in 2016
who devalued himself by quitting on the Redskins after the final cutdown
less than a year ago and after a somewhat promising rookie season and then refused to meet with the team in Los Angeles during week two.
The Redskins, in-turn, did what they do and played the revenge game while cutting off any chance of a Cravens return and ended his season prematurely.
The Redskins, did everything they could to de-value Cravens by leaking to Chris Cooley and select others that Cravens would never return.
Everyone knew that the Redskins were not going to bring Cravens back and give him a chance,
even though they had every opportunity to allow him to prove himself in a no-pressure situation
. It would have been a potential win-win for both sides,
because with good play in the preseason or even early in the season, along with stable behavior
– the Redskins could have seized a larger return for a high-second round pick just two years ago and on a extremely affordable contract.
The Redskins said no, because when you double-cross them, that’s the way it always ends and certainly that is their right.
Cravens was probably never going to work here, but at least his value could have gone up. Instead they have a net of one fifth-round pick and a conditional late round pick two years and three drafts from now.
All of that for the # 53 overall pick in 2016. All of that for a player that Jay Gruden said less than a month ago,
“we’re not trading him” and then added “as far as I know.”
Look – the Redskins did a decent to fairly good recovery mission here but could have done more, if they were patient. They are NOT and have never been a patient organization and hierarchy.
That being said, it’s another high-round draft pick gone terribly wrong and if you want to know why Washington has not been a good franchise for 25 + years, this and many other bad selections are the reasons why.
Chris Russell has covered the Washington Redskins for eight seasons for multiple media outlets and was a part of the Redskins Radio Network broadcast team for five years. He covers the Redskins, Washington Valor and Baltimore Brigade for Monumental Sports Network (www.DCHotRead.com). Listen to Chris on Washington D.C.'s # 1 sports radio station, 106.7 The FAN