On Wednesday afternoon, the New England Patriots traded center Bryan Stork to the Washington Redskins for a conditional draft pick, confirmed CSN Insider JP Finlay.
But shortly after news of the deal broke, it appeared as if Stork, a 25-year-old former Florida State offensive lineman, was leaning toward retiring instead of joining the Redskins.
Former Redskins tight end and ESPN 980 host Chris Cooley was the first to reveal the information, doing so in a somewhat cryptic tweet.
Actually stork is retiring. Huh? This just got interesting.— Chris Cooley (@thecooleyzone) August 24, 2016
However, nothing is official and the situation is very up in the air.
Okay - fluid situation at #Redskins Park. Source says Bryan Stork is considering retirement. Team clearly working to convince otherwise— Brian McNally (@bmcnally14) August 24, 2016
What I know - Skins agreed on trade for Stork. Not a done deal now as Stork unsure about his future— JP Finlay (@JPFinlayCSN) August 24, 2016
Stork started for the 2014 National Championship Seminoles team and the Super Bowl XLIX-winning Patriots team.
Stork is known for his physicality, but started the 2015 on injured reserve due to a concussion and neck injury. He was activated on Nov. 7, 2015 and played the very next day against the Redskins.
The trade with the Redskins came a few hours after it was reported that the Patriots were going to release him.
The Patriots have traded center Bryan Stork to the Redskins, confirmed CSN Insider JP Finlay, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.
Ian Rappoport of the NFL Network was the first to report the news.
The news is unexpected following reports earlier in the day that Stork had been released.
In fact, Redskins Insider J.P. Finlay explored whether Washington should sign the former first-round pick a few hours ago.
The Patriots selected Stork in the fourth round of the 2014 draft from Florida State, and in two seasons with New England he has started 17 games. Stork has also dealt with concussion issues, last year playing just eight games and starting six.
Listed at 6-foot-4 and 315 lbs., Stork is big for a center. Current Redskins starter Kory Lichtensteiger lists at 6-foot-2 and 295 lbs., and was limited to five regular season games last season.
The Redskins have Lichtensteiger, Spencer Long and Josh LeRibeus competing at the center position, but none have the high-end potential that a Stork could bring to the position.
Unfortunately, in addition to concussion issues, Stork has been kicked out of practices for fighting and can cross the line separating legal and dirty play on the field, according to CSNNE.com Patriots beat writer Phil Perry.
But on Wednesday, Jay Gruden said that Chris Thompson is also unlikely to play.
Gruden said that Thompson is nursing a sore knee and shoulder and that the team would rather not "have him get banged around."
The coach pointed out it also lets rookies Keith Marshall and Robert Kelley get more snaps as the 'Skins try to determine what they have in the young runners.
In his fourth season out of Florida State, Thompson is a known quantity for Washington.
A skilled receiver out of the backfield, Thompson emerged as a quality third down back for Gruden last year and a trustworthy target for Kirk Cousins out of the backfield.
Gruden also announced that Chris Baker might sit out Friday's game against buffalo. The defensive tackle is batting soreness in his quad.
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