Ravens lure Birk from Vikings

Updated: March 5, 2009, 3:13 PM ET
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

After 11 seasons and six Pro Bowl appearances for the Minnesota Vikings, free-agent center Matt Birk is leaving the team.

Birk agreed to a contract with the Baltimore Ravens on Wednesday afternoon. He will replace center Jason Brown, who this week signed a five-year, $37.5 million contract with the St. Louis Rams. Birk will provide stability to Baltimore's blocking unit.

Birk's contract is worth $12 million over four years, sources told ESPN.com, with $6 million of the deal guaranteed. ...

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