Cravens had applied for reinstatement off the reserve/left squad list.
He sat out the entire 2017 season after telling the Redskins in early September that he wanted to retire. At the time of his announcement, Cravens declined to provide insight into why he opted to step away but he did indicate a potential return: “Hopefully, around this time next year I’ll be back on that field.”
Whether or not he returns to Washington, however, remains a question.
Cravens has three years left on his original deal. If the Redskins released or traded him, it wouldn’t be a big cap hit. Cravens would count $1.7 million against the cap if traded or released prior to June 1. Most likely he’d be traded before or during the draft, so the Redskins could get an extra pick.
Cravens, 22, was a second-round pick out of Southern California in 2016. He played in 11 games as a rookie.
Information from ESPN’s John Keim was used in this report.