Update: Matt Birk to Sign With Ravens

A bad off-season for the Vikings just got worse with the news, per Mike Florio‘s sources, that Matt Birk will sign with the Baltimore Ravens.  The six-time Pro Bowl center visited Baltimore yesterday and spoke about how impressed he was with the organization and coach John Harbaugh – and apparently their contract offer impressed him too.  The Vikings, for now, will have to roll with John Sullivan or Ryan Cook at center, unless something else surfaces.  I don’t like to get all gushy usually but this is really the end of an era for the Purple.  Birk was on the ’98 team that came within a field goal of the Super Bowl, though at the time he was still a back-up behind Jeff Christy.  He will one day be in the Ring of Honor, I would assume.  But for now he’s still an active NFL player…who will likely end his career in a different shade of purple.

Update:  The contract is for three years, $12 million, $6 million guaranteed.

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