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Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger doesn’t fully commit to playing in 2017

During his weekly radio show, Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger was non-committal regarding his return to football in 2017.

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The Pittsburgh Steelers are fortunate they have a franchise quarterback on their roster, but how long they will have him on the roster seems to be up in the air now.

Tuesday, on his weekly radio show on 93.7 The Fan in Pittsburgh, Ben Roethlisberger was non-committal about returning to the field for the 2017 season.

"I’m going to take this offseason to evaluate, to consider all options," Roethlisberger said. "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."

When asked if he’s going to play next year, Roethlisberger replied, "I’m going to take some time and evaluate with my family and just do a lot of praying about it and make sure it’s the right thing for me and my family."

This will come as a shock to most fans, who expected Roethlisberger to play at least a few more seasons before calling it a career, but this is the first time Roethlisberger has openly talked about the possibility of not returning in his career.

Do I think he will be back next season? Yes, and most would agree with that, but it also could tell the Steelers organization the timer has been set for his eventual departure. The team will have to figure out just what to do in that situation. Do you draft a quarterback, look for one in free agency or try to keep some of your in-house talent?

The current depth chart after Roethlisberger is Landry Jones, who is set to be a free agent this offseason and Zach Mettenberger, who rarely dressed, let alone played, in a game this 2016 season.

This likely will be much to do about nothing, but it is just a reminder to fans that Roethlisberger’s career is closer to the end that we all might think.

To hear the segment of the show, click the play button below: