On social media, Cravens wrote a note at the time last year with a picture of him wearing glasses that no one on the team had seen him wear prior, saying: "Due to my concussion, my eyes have lost the memory to keep track of moving objects, so I have to wear these for the rest of my life. Thanks, concussions."
The "news" was new to the team, a source told us, but it was discovered later that the note was sarcastic in nature — even though Cravens did have some issues with his vision in the aftermath of suffering a concussion back in Week 4 last season. The team did feel compelled to speak with Cravens at the time about the concussions and for fear for his long-term health.
So as we fast-forward to now, Cravens telling the team that he was ready to retire might not have been stunning, given his past injuries and setbacks, but it still was a bit surprising given the timing. Will he play again? The team isn't certain, but he has the coming weeks and months to make a decision with a bit more time and perspective.
Cravens posted on social media on Monday that he's going to make the decision himself.
"I don’t feel like I need to explain myself. I don’t feel like I have to. I need to follow what makes me happy, get my mental right, my well-being right, my family right."