Bengals offer contract to former Stanford DT Terrence Stephens

5/13/13 in NFL   |   Mia781   |   953 respect

Former Stanford defensive tackle Terrence Stephens was one of the lucky players who received a golden ticket in the NFL after the Cincinnati Bengals originally invited 20 originally to their rookie minicamp. The undrafted free agent Terrence Stephens worked his way out of rookie minicamp to earn a contract offer from the Cincinnati Bengals this past weekend and is now invited to the team’s training camp.
However, the move is not expected to be officially announced by the Cincinnati Bengals until Monday. The Cincinnati Bengals currently have the league limit, 90-players on their offseason roster. Any attempts to add player may require the team to open up a roster spot.
The 6-2, 305 pound Terrence Stephens was seen as the Stanford Cardinals’ most vocal leaders. Terence Stephens often sacrificed his own stats and tied up the middle blockers in the middle of the line, freeing the rest of the Cardinals’ linebacker to make plays that ranked the defense among the top in the nation in terms of sacks (56) and tackles for loss (120).
Terence Stephens appeared in 11 games while starting seven at Stanford, finishing with 10 tackles including 3.0 for loss and a solo sack for the Cardinals in 2012. He seemed on pace to solidify his position as a late draft pick, but Terrence Stephens dropped out of draft after being declared ineligible for the Cardinals’ Rose Bowl game against Wisconsin. Terrence Stephens sat out the game for “secondary violation of NCAA rules stemming from his rental of off-campus housing.”
Terrence Stephens also missed the final regular season game of the season and the PAC-12 championship, citing “personal problem.”
But Terrence Stephens still remained a staunch supporter and enthusiastic supporter to his team despite the issue towards the end of last season.
"I love my team and the work we've all put in to get to this point," Terrence Stephens tweeted. "My situation is irrelevant. Go to the Rose Bowl and cheer on a great team."
The Cincinnati Bengals begin OTAs on May 20, which will run run four days a week for three weeks leading up to mandatory mini-camp (from June 11-13). Training camp doesn’t start until late July.
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