Center Matt Birk Denies Retirement Report


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Following the Baltimore Ravens’ 20-13 victory over the Houston Texans Sunday, center Matt Birk disputed a CBS report that he would retire after season’s end.

CBS’ Charley Casserly said on the network’s pregame show that Birk, 35, would retire after the season.

“No, I haven’t made that decision yet, and I don’t know Charley Casserly,” Birk said, via CSNBaltimore.com “I mean, I know who he is, but he didn’t talk to me and that’s all I can say.”

Birk, in his 14th year in the NFL, has started every game for the Ravens since signing a three-year contract prior to the start of the 2009 season. In 2010, he battled a knee injury and briefly contemplated retirement after the season before deciding to return. With his contract set to expire when Baltimore’s season ends, Birk will have a decision to make on retirement once again.

“I don’t think it’s unique for someone in my situation to contemplate it, but I’m just focused on the moment, on the ‘now,’” Birk said in the locker room after the game. “I’ve done it for awhile, and nothing is guaranteed in this game. You don’t know when your last play is going to be, and things happen, life happens. I just worry about the now, and after the season there will be plenty of time to figure out what I’m going to do next year.”