The Redskins are heading in to their third preseason game and next Tuesday the bubble will burst for about a dozen players as they cut their roster down to 75. Then on September 3, just nine days from today, the roster will be cut to 53.
Many of the roster spots are set but there are enough jobs up for grabs to make the last two practice games interesting. One important thing to keep in mind is that Jay Gruden said last week that preseason games matter a lot when it comes to trimming the roster to 53. With two games in the books we have a lot of evidence to work with.
Redskins blogger Rich Tandler sorts out the bubble and gives you what he thinks the roster will look like when the make the final cut to 53.
Thursday the Redskins will take their show on the road, as the team will do their walk-through before the Bills game in front of military personnel at Joint Base Andrews. With Wednesday's whirlwind pursuit of Bryan Stork still somewhat fluid, there will be plenty to watch.
- Stork reactions - Players will likely speak sparingly Thursday following their walk-through session but the big question will be about the the former Patriots center. Where does he fit and how do the current players fit in with Stork will dominate the discussion.
- Getting specific - So what happens now at the center position? Is Stork a move for depth or to compete with Kory Lichtensteiger as the starting center? What does this mean for Spencer Long, or even more, Josh LeRibeus?
- Focus on the game - Despite all the noise surrounding the Stork trade, Washington has a game to play Friday night. A preseason game, yes, but the third preseason game where expectations are starters will play the first half. This is the most important - and for some only - live action before Week 1 against the Steelers. The Skins need to be ready.
Stay tuned all day for updates from @JPFinlayCSN.
The Redskins have announced that they have acquired center Bryan Stork from the Patriots. However, he may never play a snap for the Redskins.
Shortly after the trade for a conditional draft pick was reported in the media, word got out that Stork might want to retire rather than reporting to the Redskins. Brian McNally of 106.7 The Fan said via Twitter that Stork’s thoughts of retirement didn’t necessarily come from health concerns (he has had multiple concussions). The trade took him by surprise and he wasn’t ready to make a move right now, an emotional reaction to being dealt.
Now that he has had a night to sleep on it, Stork might set any feelings aside and look at the cold, hard reality of the situation. He is slated to make $600,000 this year, and that obviously is money he would forego if he decided to retire. But there’s more to it than that.
Stork collected a $477,000 signing bonus when he signed a four-year deal with the Patriots after they made him a fourth-round draft choice in 2014. He has earned half of that money. If he decides to retire he would have to return the other half, or $238,500.
It’s one thing to bypass money you haven’t earned yet. It’s quite another to have to stroke a six-figure check, drawing on money you already have in the bank.
Money isn’t everything, Stork will have banked just over $1 million for two years of work and even of you subtract the bonus he would have to repay he would have a nice financial cushion to make a transition to a life outside of football.
But if he wants to keep nearly a quarter of a million dollars already paid to him and add NFL-sized paychecks to his bank account in the future he will need to play for the Redskins. People don’t always follow the money but it’s certainly a strong incentive for him to decide to remain the NFL.