As the Ravens wait to see if Pro Bowl guard Ben Grubbs -- who will visit the New Orleans Saints on Wednesday -- accepts their offer and returns to Baltimore, they continue to have discussions with the agent for veteran center Matt Birk, who started every game for the Ravens the past three seasons.
"Although we had calls after 4 p.m. today, Matt's choice is to remain a Raven and we will push hard to have him stay," said Joe Linta, who is also the representative for Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco.
Linta said Birk loves playing for the Ravens and head coach John Harbaugh and hopes to return in 2012. The Ravens have also expressed an interest in bringing Birk back. The team might also draft a center -- they have been linked to Wisconsin's Peter Konz in mock drafts -- early in April's NFL draft.
Linta said last week that he expected to meet with Ravens officials this week to resume discussions about an extension for Flacco, who is in the final year of his rookie contact, but the exact date has yet to be determined. The team has stated that finalizing a deal for Flacco is a priority this offseason.