Ravens six-time Pro Bowl center Matt Birk laughed when asked about his future plans, joking that reporters had missed his announcement while preoccupied with inside linebacker Ray Lewis' retirement news.
"I had a press conference the same time Ray did, but none of you guys showed up," Birk quipped. "You were all at his press conference. You'll have to wait and see. One reporter attended from the Harvard Crimson. He got the scoop."
In his 15th NFL season after signing a three-year, $8.52 million contract last year that included a $2.1 million signing bonus, Birk is under contract through the 2014 season.
The 36-year-old Harvard graduate hasn't missed a start in seven seasons, a consecutive game streak of 112 games, the NFL's longest active streak among centers.
The Ravens acquired their center of the future by selecting rookie Gino Gradkowski in the fifth round.
Birk indicated that his mind isn't on whether he'll retire or not, focusing on the Ravens' AFC wild-card playoff game Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts.
"Nah, I'm living in the moment," Birk said. "That time will come. We'll figure that out down the road."
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