Every offseason free agency period, at least one player rises up in the mind of teams. Starting out as a moderately priced free agent, such players can quickly become expensive options that only sign for the highest bidder. Despite being a number three receiver in Miami last season, Kenny Stills looks to be this offseasons free agency riser.
With the Miami Dolphins already possessing DeVante Parker and Jarvis Landry, Kenny Stills was a third option for the Dolphins offense this past season. Possessing top of the league speed, Stills was a major deep threat for this team. Still though, he was only a number three wide receiver on this team.
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If he was to return to the Dolphins next season, he would remain a number three receiver for this offense. With his price tag now in the range of $12 million per season, Stills is way too expensive to be brought back as Miami’s number three receiver. With other options on their roster and in the draft this season, Kenny Stills has likely played his last down as a member of the Miami Dolphins.
Though Miami will likely make a pitch to sign Kenny Stills before free agency officially opens, it is almost certain at this stage that Stills will sign with some other team this offseason. At 24 years of age, Stills would be a great keep for the Dolphins. Again though, Miami already possesses two starting wide receivers in Parker and Landry making Stills an expendible option for the team.
With the draft this offseason, the Miami Dolphins could go the route of adding a middle round speedster like Taywan Taylor to replace Stills as the team’s deep threat. Then again, the Dolphins to already have young options at the receiver position in Leonte Carroo and Jakeem Grant. Either way, the Dolphins will be able to replace Stills in one form or another this offseason.
For Stills, his new contract will be well deserved. Given his ability to get open deep downfield, Stills will make some team very happy next season. While it will not be the Miami Dolphins, I will be wishing him the best. As long as he doesn’t sign for another AFC East team that is.
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