Bryan Stork has had a wild ride the last few days. The 25-year-old started at center as a rookie for the New England Patriots when they won Super Bowl XLIX, but this week it was reported the team could release him. Instead, Washington was looking for an upgrade at the position and sent a conditional draft pick to New England in exchange for Stork on Wednesday. Now reports have surfaced that he is actually considering retirement instead of playing in Washington.
Washington desperately needs to improve its situation at center, as Kory Lichtensteiger and Josh LeRibeus are both terrible options there. Stork has dealt with concussion problems since college and only started six games for the Pats last year after opening the season on short-term injured reserve.
He was a fourth-round pick out of Florida State in the 2014 NFL Draft following a unanimous All-American season. He certainly has a lot of potential if he’s healthy enough to continue his career. Stork is now the fifth member of New England’s 2014 draft class that has been let go by the franchise.
If Stork does retire, Washington would not owe the Patriots anything as the trade would be voided.