Ramon Foster says Maurkice Pouncey is '50-50' on coming back next season or retiring

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Former Steelers' guard Ramon Foster, who writes for DKPittsburghSports, stated in his article on Tuesday that Maurkice Pouncey told him he’s “50-50” on whether he’ll return next season or retire.

Ben Roethlisberger and Pouncey are longtime teammates and close friends, and the NBC cameras captured them having a heart-to-heart talk on the bench after Sunday night's, 48-37, loss to the Cleveland Browns in the wild-card game.

NFL Films caught the audio of the emotional raw moment between Roethlisberger and Pouncey.

"I'm sorry, brother," Roethlisberger said to Pouncey after Sunday night's loss to Cleveland. "You're the only reason I wanted to do this. Oh, I feel worse for you than me. I hate it, man."

Roethlisberger was asked by the media after the game about his conversation with Pouncey on the bench when everyone else left the field.

"I love that guy," Roethlisberger said of Pouncey. "He is one of the best competitors and teammates I've ever had. It's been so much fun to share a football field with him. I hate that it ended the way it did. I just wanted to apologize to him that I wanted to win it for him."

Roethlisberger was also asked after the game about the future for him and Pouncey. Roethlisberger and Pouncey have said for years that they would hang it up at the same time whenever one retires.