December 16, 2017

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Big Ben on his future: Will 'consider all options'

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5:28 PM ET

PITTSBURGH — Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger hinted at retirement on his weekly appearance with 93.7 The Fan, saying Tuesday that he will evaluate his future this offseason.

Roethlisberger eventually said he’s not making any declarations and talked several times about next season, but he didn’t commit to returning in 2017.

Quarterback Times Sacked Ben Roethlisberger 505 Philip Rivers 382 Aaron Rodgers 381 Alex Smith 367 — ESPN Stats & Information

When asked how much he has left, Roethlisberger, who will turn 35 in March, said: “I don’t know.”

“I was talking to my wife about it last night and I’ve talked to my agent about it and [to] Coach about it. I’m going to take this offseason to evaluate, to consider all options, to consider health and family and things like that and just kind of take some time away to evaluate next season, if there’s going to be a next season, all those things,” Roethlisberger said. “I think that’s, in my point of my career and my age, that’s the prudent and smart thing to do every year.”

When asked whether he’s indeed coming back, Roethlisberger followed up with: “Like I said, I’m going to take some time and evaluate with my family and really do a lot of praying about it and make sure it’s the right thing for me and my family.”

Roethlisberger added, “I’m not by any means saying I’m not coming back,” and he spoke at length about plans for the 2017 season. He is due around $19 million next season as part of a five-year extension that has three seasons left.

“You want to be able to leave this game walking out of it in a healthy spot. You don’t want to be ‘carted out.'”

Ben Roethlisberger, on contemplating his playing future

“I’m just saying in this point in my career, I think it’s prudent — just like I’m sure James [Harrison] is doing and other guys who have been in this league a long time — to evaluate and just make sure. You want to be able to leave this game walking out of it in a healthy spot. You don’t want to be ‘carted out.'”

Head coach Mike Tomlin addressed the local media at noon Tuesday. He said Roethlisberger has expressed similar concerns to him in the past, but the two haven’t had their exit

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