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Birk wants to stay with hometown team

Updated: February 24, 2009, 10:22 AM ET
Associated Press

Matt Birk's week of waiting has begun.

The six-time Pro Bowl center has been told by the Minnesota Vikings they want him back, and that desire is mutual. Whether the Vikings and Birk can agree on a contract to keep him with his hometown team, well, that's yet to be determined.

But with the beginning of free agency looming late Thursday, the situation has an optimistic tone to it.

"It's nice to be wanted," Birk said in a phone interview Monday. "We'll see what's out there. ...

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