Kenny Stills Reportedly More Likely to Leave Dolphins Than Re-Sign with Team

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistFebruary 27, 2017

SAN DIEGO, CA - NOVEMBER 13:  Kenny Stills #10 of the Miami Dolphins reacts after scoring a touchdown during the first half of a game against the San Diego Chargers  at Qualcomm Stadium on November 13, 2016 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
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While the Miami Dolphins reportedly want to re-sign wide receiver Kenny Stills, a new report suggests he is leaning toward signing elsewhere in free agency.

According to Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald, the Dolphins are hoping to make a pitch to Stills this week, but sources believe he is more likely to test the free-agent waters.

Per Salguero, Stills is expected to command around $12 million per season on the open market, a price Miami is unwilling to pay.

A receiver-needy team such as the Philadelphia Eagles may be in the hunt, however; Eliot Shorr-Parks of NJ.com reported their interest in Stills, and Salguero confirmed it.

The 24-year-old Stills is coming off arguably his best season, as he reeled in 42 receptions for 726 yards and a career-high nine touchdowns.

Miami acquired him from the New Orleans Saints prior to the 2015 season, and while Stills' first campaign with the Dolphins was a struggle to the tune of just 440 yards and three touchdowns, he became a key part of the offense in 2016.

Stills is a good fit in Miami since he is among the NFL's most dangerous deep threats, which allows Pro Bowl receiver Jarvis Landry to do damage underneath defenses.

The 2013 fifth-round pick out of Oklahoma was only third on the team in receiving yardage last season, though, behind both Landry and DeVante Parker.

If Parker continues to make strides and Miami manages to find a cheaper deep option either through the draft or free agency, it may be able to let Stills walk without experiencing too much of a drop-off.

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