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Bruce Arians says he was forced out

Updated: January 24, 2012, 12:47 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

Former Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator Bruce Arians said he decided to retire only after the team declined to give him a contract offer and that quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was unhappy with the team's decision.

While he maintains he had considered retiring before, "when I wasn't offered a contract, it was an easy decision for me," he told the York Daily Record.

Team sources had told ESPN senior NFL analyst Chris Mortensen on Sunday that the Steelers let Arians' ...

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