Bryan Stork has announced his return to the Washington Redskins Friday, saying that he will report to the team this weekend and join the team’s practices.
Stork held off his plans of retiring early from the NFL after rumors that he was considering leaving the league after just one year.
The New England Patriots, Stork’s team from 2014 to 2015, was reportedly on his way to being waived by the Patriots earlier this week but the Redskins made a trade acquire the center. After the release from New England, Stork considered retiring at age 25 but has changed his mind.
New #Redskins center Bryan Stork is expected to be in town and ready to go this weekend, source said. Would shut down retirement talk.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 25, 2016
The financial reason for not retiring means that Stork will get his full signing bonus of about half a million dollars and he will earn a salary of $600,000 for the 2016 season if he plays for the Redskins.
Stork, who was picked in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL Draft by the Patriots, is expected to battle for a starting job at Washington or be a backup to Kory Lichtensteiger.
Listed at 6 foot 4 and 310 pounds, Stork was the starting center for the Florida State Gators in college football and helped his school win the 2014 BCS National Championship Game. He was also a member of the Patriots squad that won the Super Bowl XLIX in 2014 in his rookie year in the NFL.
In his first year in the league, Stork started 11 regular season games and 3 post-season games for the Patriots. He is just the fifth player in American football history to win a college national championship and the NFL title in back-to-back years.
Stork struggled with neck and concussion injuries in his second year with the Patriots, which could be the reason why he considered retiring from the NFL.
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