ASHBURN — The status of new Redskins center Bryan Stork remained unclear late Wednesday night, a team source told 106.7 The Fan.
Acquired from the New England Patriots earlier in the day for a conditional seventh-round pick, Stork threatened to retire after learning of the trade. The deal still became official at 5 p.m., but a source said the two sides were still “figuring it out.”
Stork has sustained four documented concussions since his college football career at Florida State, including one this summer that put him behind David Andrews in the fight for the Patriots’ starting center position. But the source did not believe that Stork’s concussion history was the primary factor pushing him toward retirement.
Instead, Stork was emotional and rattled after New England first made the decision to release him and later finalized the trade with Washington.
A fourth-round pick in 2014, Stork had started 21 games for New England and appeared in 25. But he also opened last season on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list thanks to lingering concussion symptoms before returning to the field to finish the year as the starter ahead of Andrews.
Stork’s agent, Hadley Engelhard, did not respond to a text message asking for comment.
The Redskins have Kory Lichtensteiger installed as the starter with Spencer Long as the primary backup – and also the starting left guard. And 2015 seventh-round pick Austin Reiter is the third-team center. Guard Josh LeRibeus also has experience at center after starting 11 games there in place of the injured Lichtensteiger in 2015.
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