From Ravens Insider:
A month after expressing uncertainty about his future, Matt Birk informed Ravens coach John Harbaugh this week that he plans to return for the 2011 season.
The six-time Pro Bowl center was non-committal on the 2011 season when he limped out of the locker room last month after another physically challenging year. But Birk was back at Ravens headquarters this week working out and receiving treatment for his knee injury.
“I told them I would be good to go,” Birk told The Baltimore Sun on Tuesday.
Birk has had multiple injuries in his two seasons with Baltimore. While I’m glad he’ll return for at least one more reason the Ravens should add Center to a list of needs to be addressed in the draft.
The 13-year vet has been a solid contributor since Jason Brown bolted to St.Louis for a fat paycheck. But it’s clear that his time in the NFL is coming to a a close. The Ravens will need to find a way to replace their most experienced member of the line.