Cravens played in 11 games past year, his rookie season, starting three of them.
Cravens is one of the league's youngest players, a second-round pick a year ago, and he is struggling with his transition to the NFL.
Should Cravens decide to walk away from football, he would not be the first to retire at a young age - but he might be the youngest NFL player to do so.
Cravens reportedly notified some teammates of his decision Saturday night, before meeting with Allen Sunday morning. "I think I need to follow what makes me happy, get my mental right, my well-being right and my family right".
With the safety position losing veteran Will Blackmon during Saturday's cuts, the group will rely heavily on 26-year-old D.J. Players were left to address the stunning news that Cravens had considered retirement. "If you really love it you'll stick to it". We're here to support him.
"If it's family issues, personal issues, whatever he's dealing with, I'm supportive".
"Everybody has their own stresses in life and things like that", linebacker Will Compton said. "There's some volatile people in that defensive back room from time to time and he's a calming guy, if you can believe that. I'll try to talk to him later on, tell him I'm praying for him, but I'm going straight to the iPad and watching Philly".
Added Hall: "You know, when you stop learning, it's the day you don't get better. Everything. If you're not ready to come back and play and give it your all, and your heart isn't in it, then you'll seriously go out there and get hurt". Per the Post, Cravens' teammates felt he was losing his "zeal for the game" after a concussion last October that he said affected his vision.
Gruden was originally supposed to speak with reporters after practice Sunday, but that news conference was canceled and moved until Tuesday.