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Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger looks on from the sideline during the second half against the New England Patriots in the AFC championship game Sunday.
Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger looks on from the sideline during the second half against the New England Patriots in the AFC championship game Sunday. (Al Bello / Getty Images)

So Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger hinted that he might not come back next season.

"I'm gonna 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 gonna be a next season," Roethlisberger said during his weekly radio show in Pittsburgh.

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He said that at age 35 it's the prudent thing to do every offseason. When asked later by one of his radio show cohosts whether he would definitely return, Roethlisberger again said he had to think about it and wouldn't commit.

I'm not buying it. He's got about $18 million reasons to return.

Plus, Le'Veon Bell and Antonio Brown will be back and the young defense is only going to get better. The rest of the AFC North is in disarray.

I don't think he's using this as a ploy to get more money -- Steelers players rarely jack up the Rooney family over contracts. I don't think that's the reason for his hesitation to commit to playing next season.

It's just Big Ben craving attention. He'll be back. Mark my word.

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