I assume that once Grubbs signed with New Orleans, the Ravens had to bring back Birk because coach John Harbaugh wanted some continuity from a year ago. I think Harbaugh and his offensive line coach, Andy Moeller, wanted Birk to return, but Birk wasn't as high on general manager Ozzie Newsome's list. For the past two seasons, the Ravens have struggled in short-yardage situations and they haven't gotten much push from Birk, whose best days are behind him.
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As far as free agent guard Evan Mathis is concerned, once he left town Friday afternoon it was over. When free agents come to town, you want to sign them before they get back on the plane. He liked Baltimore, but probably used the Ravens as leverage to work a deal with the Eagles. You really don't think he needed a day to decide, do you? If you do, then you probably think his decision came down to choosing a Philly cheese steak over a crab cake.
As far as free agent returner Ted Ginn Jr. is concerned, I'd play him as a return specialist, but not as a solid all-around receiver who just happens to be a good returner as well. There is a difference, especially when it comes to contract negotiations.