The New England Patriots have released their starting center from a year ago, Bryan Stork. As a rookie in 2014, he started 11 of the 13 games he played in, and last year he had 6 starts in 8 games. He began the 2015 season on the short term injured list with a head and neck injury.
Chicago Bears’ fans may recognize Stork’s name, since he was the guy in an altercation with John Timu when the teams held joint practices last week.
Stork was listed as the #1 center again this offseason for the Pats, but the reality is his status with the ones wasn’t a foregone conclusion. The Boston Herald’s Jeff Howe tweeted out that second year pro David Andrews “has been the starting center since July 30 and basically solidified the job last week when Stork was ejected for fighting.”
Howe also tweeted out that Patriot quarterback Tom Brady preferred Andrews over Stork.
Here are a few tweets from Howe to provide some insight into what may have prompted New England to release Stork.
When asked if the move was injury related, since Stork had another concussion early in camp;
Coaches didn't like that Stork couldn't harness the attitude on the field. https://t.co/GLEj46R694— Jeff Howe (@jeffphowe) August 24, 2016
When asked how he knew that Brady preferred Andrews over Stork;
Brady had gotten into it with Stork for not knowing the line checks. Andrews is more cerebral, knows plays in & out. https://t.co/mZjohQAJEK— Jeff Howe (@jeffphowe) August 24, 2016
When asked about a penalty in the AFC Championship game;
That was the first time I believed Stork's job in 2016 was in jeopardy https://t.co/SL59tVxYyW— Jeff Howe (@jeffphowe) August 24, 2016
Even if the Bears do have interest in Stork, and remember they spent a full week practicing with him, they are 11th in the NFL’s waiver wire system. If any of the 10 teams in front of the Bears claim him, they’ll get him over Chicago.
Stork would fill a need for the Bears, as their offensive line depth is a bit shaky, plus the recent injury to starting right guard Kyle Long could make it even worse.
Long’s status for week 1 is unknown, but this week the Bears will slide Ted Larsen over to right guard and start 2015 UDFA Cornelius Edison at center.
EDIT: MOVE ALONG, NOTHING TO SEE HERE...
That makes my article moot...
Since the Bears and Pats have a recent trading history, I’m sure they called Chicago GM Ryan Pace to see if the Bears were interested. If contacted, Pace either decided the asking price was too steep, he didn’t want to deal with another hot head, or he just really likes Cornelius Edison.
EDIT: The plot thickens...
Asked about report of Stork retiring, source says, "Possibly." So... hang tight.— Mike Jones (@MikeJonesWaPo) August 24, 2016