Steelers QB Roethlisberger won’t commit to returning next year

PITTSBURGH - Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said Tuesday on his weekly radio show that he is not ready to commit to returning next year.

“I’m gonna take this off-season 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 gonna be a next season,” Roethlisberger said during his weekly radio show on 93.7 The Fan.

Roethlisberger, a 13-year veteran, will be 35 in March.

“I think at (this) point in my career, at my age, that’s the prudent and smart thing to do every year,” he said.

Roethlisberger and the Steelers were knocked out of the playoffs Sunday, falling 36-17 to the Patriots in the AFC Championship Game.

Coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday that he is taking Roethlisberger's comments "seriously," but Tomlin said this isn't the first time his quarterback has talked about retiring.

“I’m not alarmed by it. That’s football," Tomlin said. "Obviously, I’m hopeful he returns. His potential for returning or not returning would weigh heavily in our planning. I’m not alarmed by that process.”

Roethlisberger just completed the first year of a four-year, $87.4 million contract.

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