Su’a Cravens will be playing for his third team in four NFL seasons if he finds a new home in the coming days, as the Denver Broncos have decided to part ways with the defensive back.
Cravens, who was drafted by the Washington Redskins in the second round back in 2016, has been cut by the Broncos.
Source: The #Broncos released safety Su'a Cravens.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) August 30, 2019
Cravens has played in just 16 games total in his NFL career, and he appeared in five with Denver last year. He has battled some injuries and says he had issues in Washington while doing so.
Earlier this offseason, Cravens accused the Redskins of cutting off his insurance and freezing his pay when he was dealing with an injury. The former USC star underwent a knee operation prior to the 2017 season, but Washington head coach Jay Gruden indicated at the time that he was away from the team for personal reasons. Cravens said during his rookie year in 2016 that he was dealing with frightening concussion symptoms, but he eventually returned and played out the season. The real drama happened heading into 2017, when it seemed like the Redskins weren’t willing to welcome him back after he was hurt and contemplated retirement.
Cravens is still just 24, so it would be a surprise if he went unsigned.
The New England Patriots have decided to move on from a player they thought very highly of prior to the 2018 NFL Draft.
The Patriots traded 2018 second-round draft pick Duke Dawson to the Denver Broncos in exchange for a sixth-round pick on Friday, according to multiple reports.
Trade terms per @AdamSchefter: Patriots receive Broncos' 2020 sixth-round pick in exchange for CB Duke Dawson and a 2020 seventh-round pick.
— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) August 30, 2019
Dawson, a defensive back who starred at Florida, missed most of his rookie season after the Patriots placed him on injured reserve with a hamstring injury. The former No. 56 overall pick recorded three tackles in Thursday night’s preseason game against the New York Giants.
While it’s somewhat surprising that the Patriots gave up on Dawson so quickly after drafting him in the second round, they are deep at defensive back heading into Week 1. Starting cornerbacks Stephon Gilmore and Jason McCourty are returning, as are starting safeties Devin McCourty and Patrick Chung. Chung found himself in some legal trouble recently, but he is not expected to be suspended as the case plays out.
The Denver Broncos became the first team to test the new pass interference challenge rule.
During the second quarter of Thursday’s preseason Hall of Fame Game between the Broncos and Atlanta Falcons, Denver’s Linden Stephens was called for a 43-yard pass interference. First-year head coach Vic Fangio decided to throw a flag to challenge the pass interference call.
Right to uphold this PI call? pic.twitter.com/xi491MaSUn
— Andrew Perloff (@andrewperloff) August 2, 2019
The call on the field was upheld, giving the Falcons the ball at Denver’s 21 — a huge field position swing.
Though the challenge did not work out, Fangio did make good on his promise to be the first one to test things out.
Vic Fangio — July 26, 2019: "We do play the first game of this season next Thursday. I’m going to throw the first challenge flag for OPI or DPI.”
— Nicki Jhabvala (@NickiJhabvala) August 2, 2019
In addition to the ability to challenge pass interference calls the first 28 minutes of each half, expanded replay will now give officials the opportunity to review pass interference calls and no-calls.
The Denver Broncos narrowly avoided a training camp holdout with their second-round pick.
According to Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk, the Broncos finally agreed to terms with quarterback Drew Lock on Wednesday, the day of the official start of training camp.
QB Drew Lock agrees to terms with the Broncos, per source.
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) July 17, 2019
Reports indicated that Lock, the No. 42 pick in April’s draft, had been seeking a quarterback premium and threatened to not report to camp on time in order to get it.
It’s a rather inauspicious start to Lock’s NFL career. The Broncos like him and view him as a project for the future, but it sounds like the former Missouri quarterback wasn’t interested in being paid like a project. Ultimately, he’ll be in camp as scheduled, likely backing up newly-acquired veteran Joe Flacco.
Longtime Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen died on Thursday night at age 75, and his passing is being felt across the NFL.
After news surfaced that Bowlen has lost his battle with Alzheimer’s disease, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell released a statement acknowledging the impact he had on the Broncos and the league as a whole.
Pat Bowlen was driven by the will to succeed and his competitive spirit made him a great leader. We all will greatly miss him and his kindness, passion and wisdom. Pat had a deep love for the game of football, the Broncos and the City of Denver.
— Roger Goodell (@nflcommish) June 14, 2019
Our league is also better because of Pat’s extraordinary contributions. As co-chair of the NFL Management Council Executive Committee and the chair of the Broadcasting Committee, Pat played an instrumental role in many facets of our League that benefited fans, players and clubs.
— Roger Goodell (@nflcommish) June 14, 2019
Pat personified all that’s right about the NFL and is extremely deserving of this summer’s recognition as a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
— Roger Goodell (@nflcommish) June 14, 2019
As Goodell mentioned, Bowlen passed away less than two months before he was set to be formally enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Bowlen and his family purchased the Broncos in 1984, and the team has won three Super Bowls and appeared in seven since then. He will be remembered as one of the most successful team owners in NFL history.
Von Miller always calls the first-round picks for the Denver Broncos to welcome them to the team, and he also called their two second-round picks this year, Dalton Risner and Drew Lock, according to Mike Klis.
Von Miller always calls Broncos' 1st-rd picks, and also called Riners/Lock.
"I try to pay it forward. When I got drafted Tim Tebow called me. I knew what it meant to me to have Tim Tebow on the phone. I pay it forward. Everytime we have a draft that's what I do.'' #9sports
— Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) May 1, 2019
His inspiration? It comes from when Tim Tebow called and welcomed him he was drafted. Tebow was drafted just a year prior to Miller being selected second overall in 2011, and Tebow was not Denver’s starting quarterback at the time. Hopefully, first-round pick Noah Fant and quarterback Drew Lock did not mind that Von Miller was hoping the team would select Dwayne Haskins before the draft.
The Broncos also may want to look into Tim Tebow calling future draft picks as well. The last player drafted by the Broncos in the first two rounds that has been selected to a Pro Bowl was … Von Miller.
Miller and the rest of the franchise are hoping this year’s trio of early picks will reverse those trends and start the team on the path back to the postseason, where they have not been since winning the Super Bowl at the end of the 2015 season.
Denver Broncos cornerback Chris Harris Jr has made it clear to the team that he wants a new contract before the season begins, but it does not sound like there has been any progress toward making that happen.
Jesse Palmer of NFL Network reports that Harris and the Broncos have not engaged in contract talks, and teams have continued to inquire about trading for the star cornerback.
It's only a few days after the draft, but my understanding is contract talks have not begun with Chris Harris Jr and the Broncos. It's still early obviously. There are still teams interested in him, but that doesn't necessarily mean he gets moved either. Just waiting and watching
— James Palmer (@JamesPalmerTV) April 30, 2019
Broncos president of football operations John Elway said previously that he would address the Harris situation after the draft, so perhaps that is what the team is planning to do.
Harris has made the Pro Bowl in four of the past five seasons, and he is one of the best cornerbacks in football. The way he has recruited other players to Denver this offseason indicates he does not want to leave, but you can understand why he’s looking for more long-term security. He’s set to make a base salary of $7.8 million in 2019, which is roughly half of what the top corners in the league will be paid.
Harris will turn 30 this summer, so this is probably his last chance to sign a big contract. Given his age and the fact that they could use the franchise tag on him next offseason, it would not be a surprise if the Broncos choose to ride it out.