In March, Donovan McNabb took a very public shot at Mike Shanahan, his coach during his failed 13-game tenure with the Redskins. He said that Robert Griffin III would not be be a good fit in Washingtons offense in part because A lot of time ego gets to involved when it comes to being in Washington.When asked about McNabbs comments, Shanahan said that he would take the high road and left it at that. In the month and a half since then, McNabb has proclaimed himself to be the most unfairly criticized quarterback in NFL history, proclaimed that he absolutely should be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and proclaimed that he is in great shape in an attempt to get an NFL team, any team, to sign him as their quarterback.Shanahan, meanwhile, defied McNabbs advice, drafted Griffin, and made him the Redskins starting quarterback. On Wednesday Shanahan appeared with Mike Florio on Pro Football Talk Live. Florio asked him about McNabbs attempt to land a job with what would be his fourth NFL team in the past four seasons and whether Shanahan would recommend McNabb to another team.Shanahan had his opening to jab back at McNabb and he took full advantage.You know, the thing that I look at as people get older, Do you want to make that commitment? Youve gotta be in the best shape youve ever been in, said Shanahan. As you get older, if you want to play at a very high level, youd better be in the best shape.You didnt have to do too much reading between the lines to figure out that Shanahan thought that McNabb, who was 33 when he came to the Redskins, was not in good shape when he was in Washington. Shanahan said as much at the time, explaining that he benched McNabb late in a close midseason loss in Detroit because the quarterback lacked the cardiovascular endurance needed to run the two-minute offense.Shanahan didnt stop there. He not only said that McNabb didnt spend enough time in the weight room, he said that he spend enough time in the film room, either.Youd better study, especially when youre coming in to learn a new system, he said.You know, youve got to spend a lot of time.Although Shanahan told Florio that nobody had called him to talk about McNabb, nobody has to now.Days until: OTA's start 4; Minicamp 26; preseason opener 84; Redskins @ Saints 115Rich Tandler blogs about the Redskins at www.RealRedskins.com. You can reach him by email at RTandlerCSN@comcast.net and follow him on Twitter @Rich_Tandler.
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.