Free-agent defensive tackle Devon Still spent his first three NFL seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals and has been given the chance for a fresh start with the Houston Texans on a future/reserve contract, the team announced.
Still announced his new deal on Twitter as well:
The 26-year-old has fans all over the NFL, as he's carried on his career over the years while his daughter, Leah, was treated for cancer. She is currently free of the disease.
Upon being released by the Bengals, Still didn't harbor any hard feelings for the organization that brought him into the pros in the first place.
"Have nothing but love for the Bengals organization and the city of Cincinnati. Both helped me through one of the darkest times of my life and I am forever grateful. It's time to move forward and see what's next," he wrote on his Instagram page (h/t USA Today's Nick Schwartz).
Paul Dehner Jr. of the Cincinnati Enquirer noted how the Bengals helped Still for the future regardless of what's next for his career on the gridiron:
Important to know, because #Bengals kept Still on last year, he and Leah now have 5 years of NFL health insurance regardless of NFL status.— Paul Dehner Jr. (@pauldehnerjr) September 5, 2015
The veteran was a second-round pick out of Penn State and has the talent to be a strong contributor in Houston's defensive line rotation. If Still can tap into the potential Cincinnati initially invested in, he figures to be a major asset for the Texans down the line.
As a college star, he racked up 10.5 sacks in his final year at Penn State. He can be an effective interior pass-rusher in addition to a presence to stuff the run in a 4-3 alignment.