I guess the Ravens are worried about Matt Birk retiring. The team announced via their website this afternoon that they have re-signed Birk to a three-year deal pending a physical.
The 35-year old center has spent the last three seasons in Baltimore at Matt Vensel of The Sun reports that he loves the organization and playing for head coach John Harbaugh.
Getting Birk back, a six-time Pro Bowler who helped lead Ray Rice to a 1,364 yard rushing season, is big for the Ravens who now will focus their efforts on filling the gap at guard after Ben Grubbs left for New Orleans.
Garrett Downing of BaltimoreRavens.com points out that Evan Mathis has been linked to the Ravens already this offseason. Mathis told SiriusXM’s Adam Caplan that the “Ravens have offered a nice deal.”
A three-year deal for Birk does seem like a lot for a guy that pondered hanging up the cleats this offseason. Can you imagine a 38-year-old Birk leading the Ravens o-line? I know the guy has played 96-consecutive games, but I don’t see that streak continuing into 2014.