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Six-time Pro Bowl center Matt Birk agreed to three-year contract Friday with the Baltimore Ravens.
The 35-year-old Birk has started every game in three seasons with Baltimore. He briefly contemplated retirement before deciding he wanted to return.
''One of the things we said earlier this offseason is that we were going to focus attention on the offensive line, and getting Matt Birk back is key for us,'' general manager Ozzie Newsome said. ''He is a top player, his intelligence is obvious, and he is a leader on and off the field.''
Birk is entering his 15th NFL season.
The former Harvard player left Minnesota as an unrestricted free agent in 2009 to join the Ravens.
Birk has started 96 consecutive games, most among NFL centers.
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After the departure of Pro Bowl left guard Ben Grubbs, the Baltimore Ravens answered some questions along the offensive line by re-signing center Matt Birk to a three-year contract and offered a contract to Philadelphia Eagles free agent guard Evan Mathis. Birk, 35, had contemplated retirement following the Ravens’ 23-20 loss to the New England [...]
The Ravens made their first move in free agency, but it wasn’t really a move at all.
The team announced in a press release that they and center Matt Birk agreed to a three-year contract, pending a physical.
Birk, a 15-year veteran, has started every game for the Ravens since arriving in Baltimore in 2009.
The veteran is seen as a vital cog in Baltimore’s offensive line.
The Baltimore Ravens have retained starting left tackle Bryant McKinnie, electing to pick up his $500,000 roster for next season, according to Aaron Wilson of The Carroll County Times. There had been buzzing that the Ravens were thinking of parting ways with McKinnie because they had a visit scheduled with free agent Eric Winston, the [...]
The Baltimore Ravens and center Matt Birk agreed to a three-year contract extension Friday.The six-time Pro Bowler is entering his 15th NFL season and has started 96 consecutive games, most among NFL centers.The 35-year-old signed with the Ravens as an unrestricted free agent in 2009.
Now that he's a member of the Saints, I figured I'd learn more about Ben Grubbs by catching up with esteemed blogger Tony Lombardi of Ravens 24x7. No one knows more about the Ravens than this guy, so make sure you go check out his site. Many thanks to Tony for taking the time to give us his take on Grubbs. Here is what he had to say:
"Ben is a player the Ravens would...
First Jarret Johnson leaves...then Cory Redding... then Ben Grubbs signs with New Orleans for 5 years and $36 million, $16 million guaranteed... Now the Ravens have lost both of their unrestricted free-agent backup safeties in the same day.
And they’ve also now had two defenders follow former Ravens defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano to Indianapolis.
Tom Zbikowski has agreed...
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Panthers have signed free agent safety Haruki Nakamura to a three-year contract. Carolina general manager Marty Hurney announced the deal Friday but did not release financial terms of the contract. The 25-year-old Nakamura has spent four seasons backing up Ed Reed in Baltimore. He's played in 52 games but never started on defense. He has 47 career...
The Ravens lost their fourth player since the free agency period started. The fourth one is safety Haruki Nakamura.
Nakamura agreed to a three-year contract with the Carolina Panthers, according to reports.
The Ravens previously lost Ben Grubbs (Saints), Jarret Johnson (Chargers) and Cory Redding (Colts).
In positive news, according to reports, the Ravens offered a contract to left...
The Carolina Panthers signed safety Haruki Nakamura to a three-year contract.
A sixth-round draft pick in 2008, Nakamura spent his first four seasons with the Baltimore Ravens,
He had 12 tackles in 15 games last season and 24 tackles in 16 games the previous season.
They weren’t able to keep Carl Nicks. He left for Tampa Bay on Wednesday.
OG Ben Grubbs was out there, so it was a pretty much a no-brainer.
Grubbs signed a 5-year deal with the Saints worth a whopping $36 million with a $10 million dollar signing bonus ($16M guaranteed).