When you've played a decade in the NFL, the body and mind start contemplating a career end when each season comes to a close.
That's where defensive end Chris Canty is with regards to his future.
Following the Ravens' divisional loss in New England, Canty said he's mulling over retirement.
"I've thought about [retirement]," Canty said. "Obviously, a passion for playing on Sundays will never go away. I love this game. I love being a part of the National Football League, but obviously, there's another side to it. You have to think about your future.
"You have to think, 'Can your body take the pounding going through a regular reason and being able to stay healthy?' The last couple of years, I've been pretty banged up, so it's a situation where I'll take some time away from the game, spend some time with my family and make a decision when we have to make a decision."
Canty, 32, came into the league in 2005 as a member of the Dallas Cowboys. He played there four years, then four years with the New York Giants, and the past two with the Ravens. He's under contract for one more season in Baltimore.
Canty missed four games this year due to an infection in his hand, which required minor surgery. He consistently showed up on the injury report throughout the final month of the season with thigh and ankle injuries, which limited his practice time.
The 6-foot-7, 317-pound Virginia product has been a respected leader in the locker room and on Sundays since he arrived. He's a well-spoken, passionate player.
Canty recorded 33 tackles and a half-sack this season. He had 30 tackles and two sacks a year ago.
"Whether I continue playing or not, I think that it has been great being a part of this organization – top to bottom, standup guys," Canty said.
Canty may also have some other avenues. He's been featured as an analyst and player voice on the NFL Network the past two years, and will get some immediate work with NBC Sports for this year's Super Bowl, reports The Baltimore Sun.
"At some point, you just get tired of getting cut up [surgery]," Canty said. "But I'm going to see how I feel during the course of the offseason. Obviously, it's a decision that my family and I will make together and see where it goes."