The Redskins have acquired center Bryan Stork from the Patriots for a conditional seventh-round pick, according to reports hours after initial reports had New England releasing the former starter.
The 6-foot-4, 310-pound Stork started 17 games the past two seasons after New England selected him in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL Draft. Issues controlling his emotions may have played a part in New England finding Stork a new home, along with a history of concussions.
UPDATE 1.0: Well, there was a trade, but the player may not be coming as reports have Stork mulling retirement
UPDATE 2.0 (5:34 p.m.): The Redskins officially announced the trade.
What this means: First reaction, assuming Stork indeed shows, leans toward thinking this is a dicey spot for starting center Kory Lichtensteiger. The 31-year-old is coming off a down season that included a neck injury. There was a chance he would lose the job to Spencer Long, who was receiving work with the first unit at left guard and center while guard Shawn Lauvao works his way back from several ankle injuries.
Granted, the cost for a look at Stork is minimal so he's no roster lock if the Redskins don't love his attitude or performance. However, it would seem like a starter-or-bust situation for Lichtensteiger, and the Redskins potentially trading away a pick for Stork would indicate he'll be given a chance at the job. Breaking Burgundy's latest depth chart projection has the Redskins keeping nine on the O-line. Josh LeRibeus, who filled in when the 295-pound Lichtensteiger went down last season, was not part of that nine.
For all the talk about who is going to run the ball, the Redskins have had issues opening holes in the run game dating back to last season. The hope seemed to fall on Lauvao's reemergence, but that the ground attack dropped off so dramatically after the non-Pro Bowl guard's Week 3 injury indicated other issues existed.
Washington strongly considered selecting Alabama center Ryan Kelly in the first round of the 2016 draft before Indianapolis did so. Otherwise, the Redskins essentially return the same group from last season, hoping that another year of chemistry and tutelage under offensive line coach Bill Callahan will improve the unit.
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