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Matt Birk passes physical, signs three-year deal

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(Credits: AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Baltimore Ravens center Matt Birk passed his physical and signed a three-year deal with the team on Monday, according to the team’s twitter feed.

Birk, 35, has not missed a start since joining the Ravens prior to the start of the 2009 season, playing in 48 consecutive regular season games and seven postseason games.

Passing physicals is a given in most cases, but Birk dealt with a nagging injury in 2010, and there was talk that he might retire after the 2011 season. As I wrote in mid-January, NFL Insider Charley Casserly stated on national television that Birk would retire following the season.  The Harvard graduate immediately shot down any such rumors.

Birk played his first 11 season with the Minnesota Vikings and since joining the Ravens, he’s never missed out on the playoffs.