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.
In the course of a few hours, the Redskins’ trade with the Patriots for center Bryan Stork was on, then it was off, then it maybe was on again.
Now it is official.
The Redskins announced that they have traded for Stork, who has been New England’s staring center for most of the last two years, in exchange for an undisclosed draft pick.
That’s where we were earlier this afternoon after media reports that the Redskins had dealt for Stork first emerged. But then it was reported that Stork, who has suffered from multiple concussions during his two NFL seasons, was going to retire. But it appears that he decided against that and he will report to Redskins Park.
Stork, 6-4, 315, started 15 games as a rookie including their Super Bowl win over the Seahawks. Last year, however, he missed the first seven games of the season with a concussion but he did start eight games, including two in the playoffs.
In Washington, Stork will compete with Kory Lichtensteiger for the starting center job.