During the playoffs, Charley Casserly of CBS said Ravens center Matt Birk will retire. Matt Birk said in response that no decision has been made.
Last month on PFT Live, Birk said he’ll play for the Ravens or no one in 2012.
His agent, Joe Linta, now says that Birk won’t be retiring. Linta tells Jason La Canfora of NFL.com that negotiations have begun with the Ravens regarding a return.
Birk, the winner of the 2011 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award, has started every game in the last six seasons — three with the Vikings and the most recent three with the Ravens. He missed all of the 2005 season after having five surgeries in roughly a year due to a hernia and its consequences.
And so between Ed Reed and Matt Birk, two of the Ravens monosyllabic midthirtysomething leaders will be back for 2012, as the Ravens try to finally get back to the Super Bowl, and win it.