But Stork evidently has had a change of plans, and he will now join the Redskins and attempt to learn the system quickly during the final week of the preseason.
A fourth-round pick of the Patriots in 2014, the 6-foot-4, 310-pound Florida State product has 17 career starts in the NFL. He began last season on the short-term injured reserve list and returned to start in six games.
Kory Lichtensteiger remains Washington’s starting center, but Stork is expected to compete with Spencer Long, Josh LeRibeus and Austin Reiter for backup duties.
“Right now, he would provide us with another center,” Redskins Coach Jay Gruden said Thursday afternoon. “And he can play guard. He’s played both. A little more depth at both positions. But, he’d have to come in and learn the system in a hurry and compete. We have a very good center in Kory Lichtensteiger, we love the progress of Spencer Long, Josh LeRibeus filled in last year, obviously, Austin Reiter has done a good job. So, we feel good about our center position. He just became available, started in the Super Bowl, played a lot of downs for New England, so we want to take a look at him.”
Stork had several run-ins with teammates during his time in New England, and several times he was dismissed from practice for fighting. But Gruden suggested he didn’t view that as a serious problem.
“I like angry offensive linemen, honestly,” he said with a chuckle. “That’s the way they should be. I don’t know anything of a negative reputation. I just know he’s just played a lot of football.”