Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis kept the door open for Still on the practice squad during a conference call on Saturday. Cincinnati came through for their former second-rounder on Sunday.
Former second-round pick Devon Still was axed by Cincinnati during their final rounds of roster cuts on Saturday. Still cleared waivers on Sunday and now he'll be joining the Cincinnati Bengals practice squad, according to NFL Insider Rand Getlin
It would have been an impossible season for Still, regardless. Several months ago, he nearly retired from football when he discovered that his four-year old daughter Leah, has stage four cancer called neuroblastoma.
"When I found out, I told my family I was done. Done. I didn't feel comfortable leaving my daughter while she's going through this," said Still. "She's fighting for her life. Sports is not more important than me being there while my daughter is fighting for her life."
If the team signed Still to a minimum contract, he'll earn $6,300/week on the practice squad -- though they could have signed him to significantly more to keep him in Cincinnati. Understandably, he isn't focused on football but the Bengals clearly want to keep investing in Still when he's ready. Now he and his family will be insured for continued treatment and Still won't have to travel with the team during away games. It's a win-win for the time being.
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