Bryan Stork: The most interesting traded Center in NFL history

By Ryan Decker

Last Tuesday it was reported that the New England Patriots had struck a deal with the Washington Redskins, trading center Bryan Stork to Washington in exchange for a conditional seventh-round pick.

At face value, it’s a rather meaningless, lackluster trade.

Stork, an two-year veteran, was not going to be the starter in D.C. Kory Lichtensteiger has the starting job wrapped up, as he has ever since he became a Redskin in 2010, originally at left guard, but at center for the last two seasons.

On the other side, it was another case of Bill Belichick trading away a player he didn’t see a use for on his team in exchange for a late-round pick that may end up being traded away down the road. He’s a crafty head coach that way. How else do you explain the five former players drafted in the first round the Pats have gotten this summer alone.

However, a trade involving a center and a seventh-round pick has never been so interesting.

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Bryan Stork is headed back to New England after failing his physical with the Washington Redskins.   Photo via ESPN.com

Shortly after the trade was announced, Stork was quoted as saying he would consider retirement before playing for Washington, a team coming off an NFC East division title with a strong possibility as repeating as division winner.

To quote comedian Larry the Cable Guy, “I don’t care who you are, that’s funny right there!”

It is funny. It’s down right hilarious! I nearly fell over laughing – as a Redskins fan – when I read the update I got on my phone saying Stork would rather retire than suit up in the burgundy and gold.

The story then took a sharp turn; Stork saying he would report to the Redskins and would play for them.

End of story right?

Nah.

According to ESPN 980 in Washington’s Chris Cooley, Stork failed his physical with his new team, thereby voiding the trade; sending him back to New England and the seventh-round pick back to Dan Snyder and the Redskins.

What will happen to Stork when he returns to New England remains to be seen, but it’s odd to read that a player who was vying for a starting job on one team failed a physical on another.

Redskins fans can at least be glad all their team gave up for Stork was a conditional seventh-round draft pick (which they now get back) instead of the $100 million they gave to a former lineman that also couldn’t pass a physical.

If there’s any indication of how odd this trade has been, the tweet that Stork sent out Saturday that is included in the graphic above has since been deleted.

 

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