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Birk says he’s weighing retirement against return to Ravens

Matt Birk

FILE - In this Nov. 13, 2011, file photo, Baltimore Ravens center Matt Birk holds the ball in the first half of an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks in Seattle. The old guard on the Ravens _ most notably Matt Birk, Ed Reed and Cory Redding _ realize time is running out in their relentless and thus far futile pursuit of a Super Bowl ring_ so they intend to make the most of this opportunity as they prepare to face the Houston Texans in an AFC divisional playoff game scheduled for Jan. 15, 2012. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)


Several weeks ago, Charley Casserly of CBS reported that Ravens center Matt Birk will retire after the 2011 season ends.

It was news to Birk at the time.

And it’s still news to Birk. He told PFT Live earlier today that he will choose between retirement and returning to the Ravens for a fourth year in Baltimore, and a 15th year in the NFL.

His contract is up in Baltimore, so they’ll have to want him back. But they should want him back. He has started every game in his three seasons with the team.

Birk said he’ll make the decision after his body “heals up,” although he added that none of the bumps and bruises will require surgery.

For a team that seems to be determined to finish the job after coming tantalizingly close to a Super Bowl berth, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Birk return.