Ben Roethlisberger says he will evaluate his future this offseason

He has a dinner planned tonight with Mike Tomlin.

"Obviously, I'm hopeful for that reinstatement, but I'm in a wait-and-see mentality because a lot of those things are outside of our control". I'd love to watch on Facebook Live. Roethlisberger said on Tuesday he would "consider all options" including "if there's going to be a next season" in the next couple weeks. "I'm pretty sure of that". Said Tomlin: "I am kind of in the wait-and-see terms of him getting reinstated".

When pushed further about whether he'd play next season, Big Ben reiterated his wait-and-see approach. So until they hear differently, the Ravens will expect to say "hello" to Roethlisberger again next season. "I think that's one of the chief medical decisions and questions that we have to have moving forward". "I am open to having him back", Tomlin said.

I'll take a different position. He has made fabulous money; his net worth has been estimated at $70 million.

Roethlisberger compared his situation to that of Heath Miller's this past offseason.

Of course, the Browns and the rest of the AFC North would welcome Roethlisberger's retirement. He'll be playing in a record seventh Super Bowl and has a chance to become the first quarterback to win five Vince Lombardi trophies, one more than Roethlisberger and Manning combined. I don't believe that's true with Roethlisberger. Favre is a clear outlier here, and nine of the 15 started 12 or fewer games before retiring. And that move is much easier to make when the iconic quarterback is already sending signals that his time is dwindling.

But that doesn't mean Roethlisberger's meeting with the Rooneys and dinner with Tomlin won't be interesting. He will be due $19 million next season, and that is about $19 million reasons of good incentive. By Sunday's AFC Championship, he was down to Cobi Hamilton, Sammie Coates, Eli Rogers and Jesse James. If anything, Roethlisberger has been inching closer each offseason to letting the Steelers know that he's not going to last forever. He has to wonder what the future holds for the two biggest weapons on the Steelers offense, Le'Veon Bell and Antonio Brown. The Steelers are likely going to have to use the franchise tag in order to keep him in a black and gold uniform. Martavis Bryant also is expected back after being suspended this season for failed drug tests. He played in 14 games in 2016, the second consecutive season he did not play in all 16 regular season games.



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