CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (WV News) — “Gods Timing Is Always Perfect,” read the tweet from former West Virginia University and Fairmont Senior defensive lineman Darius Stills.
It certainly looks that way for Stills, who signed a “future” contract with the Kansas City Chiefs on Tuesday, ahead of the two-time defending AFC champions’ playoff game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday at 8:15 p.m.
Stills qualified to sign a future contact, which kicks in during March, after the last day of the regular season because he was an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season.
Stills was West Virginia University’s 12th consensus All-American and first since 2006, earning first-team honors from The Associated Press, Sporting News, ESPN, Bleacher Report and USA Today.
He was named the Big 12 Defensive Lineman of the Year after recording 25 tackles, 3.5 sacks and an interception during the 2020 season.
He was a two-time first-team All-Big 12 selection.
Stills wasn’t selected in the NFL Draft after last season, but signed as a free agent with the Las Vegas Raiders last May 7.
He went through training camp with the Raiders but was released on Aug. 26.
Ever since then, he’s been waiting for an opportunity.
His father, Gary, was drafted by KC and played for the Chiefs from 1999-2005.
Stills’ brother, Dante, was eligible to be drafted this year, but decided to return to school at WVU, for whom he was an All-American defensive tackle, taking advantage of a fifth year of eligibility granted due to the Covid-19 season of 2020