The New England Patriots are in the midst of making their initial 2016 roster cuts. While most of them were players at the bottom of the depth chart one stood out: center Bryan Stork, who was the team’s starter the last two season.
Well, it turns out that the Patriots did not release Stork as has been reported earlier. According to Ian Rapoport, the team did trade him to the Washington Redskins:
Wow. #Patriots didn’t cut C Bryan Stork after all… they traded him to the #Redskins, source said. That was unexpected.
The #Patriots traded C Bryan Stork to the #Redskins in exchange for a conditional draft pick, source said. Deal being worked out now.
After holding it the last two years, Stork was in a tight competition for the starting center role with second-year player David Andrews. However, a combination of uneven play, temperament problems and – above all – lingering concussion issues made the Patriots move on from the 25-year old.
Apparently, though, they did not move on via the previously reported release but via a trade. As Rapoport stated, the Patriots will receive a conditional draft pick that has not yet been agreed upon.
[UPDATE 3:14 p.m.] According to Adam Schefter, Washington will send a conditional seventh-round draft pick to New England to acquire Stork’s services.
[UPDATE 4:03 p.m.] According to the Washington Post’s Mike Jones, Stork might not join the Redskins and instead could possibly retire.
[UPDATE 5:37 p.m.] Both New England and Washington have officially confirmed the trade.