Devon Still: Cut by Cincinnati Bengals


Aug 14, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Devon Still (75) against the New York Giants in a preseason NFL football game at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals won 23-10. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

Devon Still has been one of the NFL’s most talked-about players ever since his daughter Leah was diagnosed with cancer last year. An inspiration to cancer patients, family of cancer patients and NFL fans around the country, Still’s story was the NFL’s best feel-good story in 2014.

When Cincinnati first received news about Leah last season, the Bengals placed Still on the practice squad so that he and Leah would both still have insurance from the NFL. Still eventually made his way back onto Cincinnati’s roster towards the end of the season.

The most under appreciated part of the story, however, occurred when an unnamed team interested in Still asked him if he would want to sign to the team’s roster; Still, happy in Cincinnati, responded with “no” and the team respected his decision enough to let him continue his career in Cincinnati.

However, all good things have to come to an end, and in this case, that’s Still’s time with the Bengals. With an insane amount of depth across the team’s defensive line, as evidenced in my 53-man roster prediction, it’s clear that Cincinnati just doesn’t need Still’s services. Another team could end up giving Still a chance; after all, he was a second-round draft pick in 2012. But for now, Still will just be hoping that he receives a call.

Regardless, Devon and Leah Still are covered by NFL insurance for another five years, so even if another team doesn’t come calling, that’s always a good sign. But with Still in good shape and playing fairly well in the preseason, don’t be surprised if his career continues with another NFL team.

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