The Dolphins hope to re-sign Stills, who is drawing interest from at least three teams, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports. Following a disastrous first season in Miami, the 24-year-old Stills re-emerged as a big-play weapon in 2016, catching 42 passes for 726 yards and nine touchdowns on 81 targets (17.3 YPR, 9.0 YPT). He could get more volume with a different team, and a move away from Miami would free up more opportunities for Dolphins wideouts DeVante Parker and Leonte Carroo.
Stills signed a four-year, $32 million contract with the Dolphins on Wednesday, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. The Dolphins traded for Stills two seasons ago, and while his first year in Miami was largely considered a disappointment, he proved his worth this past season by collecting a career-high nine touchdowns while serving as the team's primary deep threat. However, with Jarvis Landry, DeVante Parker, Leonte Caroo and Julius Thomas set to round out QB Ryan Tannehill's receiving corps in 2017, Stills will be hard-pressed to improve upon his 2016 numbers, considering there are only so many targets to go around in what's turning into a run-centric Dolphins offense.
Stills and the Dolphins are in negotiations over a new contract, Chris Perkins of the Sun-Sentinel reports. Stills did not receive Miami's franchise or transition tag prior to this week's deadline, which has him set to enter free agency next week. Nonetheless, Dolphins coach Adam Gase has made it clear he wants Stills to remain with the team. Although the parties have engaged in talks over a new deal, Stills' projected $10-12 million annual salary could prove too big of a stumbling block in negotiations, leaving his future team uncertain for the time being.
The Dolphins didn't use their franchise or transition tags on Stills, the Miami Herald reports. Finishing the 2016 campaign as the Dolphins' leader in touchdowns with nine, Stills tacked on a respectable 726 yards on his 42 receptions (81 targets). His subsequent mark of 17.3 YPC ranked third in the NFL, with his big-play ability likely to determine his market value over the next few weeks. With an asking price perhaps out of Miami's reach, the 24-year-old could very well be a part of the third organization of his career next season.
Stills is expected to leave Miami in free agency, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports. Stills had a big season in 2016 with 42 receptions, 726 yards, and nine touchdowns. The Dolphins would like him back and will talk to his representative at the NFL Scouting Combine but in the end Stills is expected to require a contact with an AAV of $12 million per season and that is likely to be to much for Miami to spend with Jarvis Landry and DeVante Parker already on the team.
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