Bryan Stork, an integral member of the New England Patriots team that won Super Bowl XLIX, has been traded to the Washington Redskins for for a conditional seventh-round draft pick, per reports.
A few seasons ago, Stork earned a spot in the starting lineup and was the one who snapped the ball to Tom Brady during the game-winning drive against the Seattle Seahawks at University of Phoenix Stadium.
Unfortunately for Stark, a couple of injuries and the emergence of several other players has led to the Patriots front office believing that the 25-year-old center has no future with the franchise.
Last year, Stork missed two full months of action after suffering a severe head injury. During his absence, rookie David Andrews exceeded expectations, resulting in Stork becoming dispensable.
Bryan Stork loses to David Andrews
During New England’s summer training camp, coach Bill Belichick wanted Andrews and Stork to compete against one another to seal the starting center’s role ahead of the new season. Andrews was the clear-cut winner.
“It’s tough. It’s that time of year. There’s a lot of movement between teams and players and everything. It’s tough to see one of your guys go like that, but that’s the business I guess,” quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo was quoted as saying by Boston Herald.
Garoppolo, who came into the Patriots fold as part of the same draft class as Stork, felt the 25-year-old center has a bright future in the league but acknowledged that Andrews was a better fit for New England.
“David (Andrews) has been doing a great job this camp. The whole (offensive) line as a whole, it’s a good group of guys. No one gets mixed and matched more than those guys do.
“To be able to work with different people all the time, you’re getting adjusted to them, they’re getting adjusted to you, it’s really a credit to those guys, and they all just handle it very well,” added Tom Brady’s back-up.
According to the Boston Herald, Bryan Stork, 25, is already mulling retirement instead of reporting to the Redskins training camp.