Vikings center Matt Birk is still seeking a contract extension, but that did not stop him from showing up at Vikings camp today and stating he is not upset with the team and lack of progress. “Obviously a lot has been made of the fact that I haven’t received a contract extension,” he said. “That was just part of my decision process, not coming to OTAs. I consider myself very lucky to be a part of this team and play football for a living. But I consider myself more blessed with my family. With our situation right now, it’s a busy time. I was needed there more this offseason than I was here.”
Birk had skipped voluntary organized team activities, but said that the contract was not the reason he was showing up. His wife is pregnant with their fourth child, and for now, it appears that hopefully for the Vikings sake the two sides will keep talking and trying to come up with a way to get a deal done to make Birk and the team happy.