2017 NFL free agents: Linked to Kenny Stills, Eagles quiet about plans

Kenny Stills will be one of the more attractive receivers available in free agency. (Getty Images)

Kenny Stills will be one of the more attractive receivers available in free agency. (Getty Images)

INDIANAPOLIS–A lot of teams are going to want in on the Kenny Stills bidding when free agency opens next week, and the Eagles appear to be one of the Dolphins‘ biggest competitors as they look to keep him.

Miami has exclusive negotiating rights with Stills at the moment, but it’s unlikely management will be able to get a deal done that would keep him from hitting the open market. The asking price for Stills, whose career earnings are a modest $3.4 million, could climb to $10 million or more per season. That would be problematic for the Dolphins, who owe DeVante Parker $6.4 million over the next two years (with a team option for 2019) and could be looking at an expensive contract extension for Jarvis Landry before this season starts.

The Eagles need help at receiver after a year in which none of theirs topped Jordan Matthews’ 73 catches, 804 yards and three touchdowns, though they currently have about $12 million in salary cap space with which to work. Vice president Howie Roseman, who cannot comment specifically on any type of player, was evasive when asked about the team’s plans regarding free agent receivers.

“From our perspective, we’re looking to add good players at a lot of positions,” he said this afternoon. “I understand there’s a topic of conversation about what our particular needs are. But we’re trying to do what’s best for our team, so it probably doesn’t serve us to give some of those answers out.”

Stills is the speedy deep threat many teams covet. He led the Dolphins with nine touchdowns and had 42 catches for 726 yards. He said at the end of last season his preference was to return to Miami, and management reciprocated that desire publicly, but it looks like he’s open to offers from other teams.

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