LAKE BUENA VISTA—Jay Ajayi doesn’t see any reason why the Dolphins’ negotiations with free agent receiver Kenny Stills will be difficult.
Stills was a key player on and off the field for Miami this season, providing a deep threat in the passing game and bringing stability to the locker room. At 24 and four years into his career, he’s the most senior receiver on the roster.
“Kenny’s a great guy, a hard-working teammate,” Ajayi said after AFC Pro Bowl practice today. “We reaped the benefits of that this year and we saw him take another step in the right direction.
“It’d be great for us to have him back. I know he wants to be back. I know the team wants him back. So whatever we need to do to make that happen, hopefully we do that.”
There’s no doubt the Dolphins would like to re-sign Stills, but that’ll likely require a substantive raise. He made $1.7 million last season and is projected to get closer to $8 million annually on the open market.
That increase might be worth it for Miami, which can’t afford to take any steps backward personnel-wise. He averaged 17.3 yards per catch, totaled 726 yards and led the team with nine touchdowns.
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