The Houston Texans have signed former Bengals defensive tackle Devon Still to a futures contract.
The Texans worked out the 26-year-old defensive lineman last week and on Wednesday signed him to a deal for next season that will pay him the minimum salary of $675,000.
Still, a former second-round pick out of Penn State, where he was an All-American, has not played in the NFL since being released by Cincinnati in the final wave of cuts prior to the 2015 season. In three seasons with the Bengals, still made 19 tackles with a half-sack and forced fumble.
Still’s daughter, Leah, was diagnosed with cancer in June 2014, and her treatment process has become a well-known story. The Bengals at one point kept Still on their practice squad so that he could pay his daughter’s medical bills. In November 2015, Still announced Leah was in remission with no signs of cancer.
Still posted on his social media channels Wednesday announcing both that he had signed a contract, and that Leah’s final treatment session is scheduled for Friday.
Leah's last treatment is Friday. I just signed a contract to get back to doing what I love. I would say this week is a good week! I told myself from day one with Leah's diagnosis I would give her my all and sacrifice my career because if I lost her to cancer I could never get her back but if I lost football, given the right opportunity, I could get it back. Thanks to the Texans for giving me that opportunity! #TheBlessingsAlwaysComeOnTime
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- Jeremy Woo