The Bengals want Devon Still back in Cincinnati, but he's still deciding on what's best for him and his family.
It was revealed Tuesday that the Bengals were not tendering the restricted free agent, leaving Still free for any team to sign. However, Paul Dehner reports that Cincinnati has in fact offered Still a one-year contract.
Now, it's just a matter of what Still wants to do. Does he take the offer the Bengals gave him, or does he pursue a deal with another team, one that may offer more pay, years and/or closer proximity to Leah Still's treatment location in Philadelphia. As Leah continues her battle with pediatric cancer, Still wants to be with her as often as possible, and it's unclear what he really wants to do next year.
Might a team like Philadelphia or Pittsburgh offer Still a contract? Maybe not, but I'd be willing to guess Still is willing to look into it. Then again, maybe he wishes only to stay in Cincinnati, and it's just a matter of time until he accepts their contract offer.
Still, now a fourth-year player, played two seasons with the team before being cut in August of last year, prior to the start of the season. The following day, the Bengals re-signed Still to the practice squad with the intention to help him pay for his daughter's cancer treatment.
As a member of the practice squad, Still did not have to travel with the team on road trips, but was still given access to the NFL's elite benefits package, which assists in caring for Leah. On September 10, it was announced that Still was being moved to active status. In the game that followed, Still notched three tackles against the Atlanta Falcons. He finished the year with 19 total tackles.