Kenny Stills, Miami Dolphins continue to talk deal

Miami Dolphins wide receiver Kenny Stills (10) at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida on November 6, 2016. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

Miami Dolphins wide receiver Kenny Stills at Hard Rock Stadium (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

INDIANAPOLIS — Miami Dolphins general manager Chris Grier said Thursday that the team’s negotiating with pending free agent wide receiver Kenny Stills is ongoing.

“He earned the right to be a free agent,” Grier said at the NFL Scouting Combine. “Kenny is a very important part for us. We all feel that he contributed greatly to our success last year. And hopefully we’ll get something done here. But as Mike has said, all these guys, you can’t be mad at them. He’s earned the right to get to free agency but hopefully we’ll get something done.”

The Dolphins want to bring back Stills. And Stills wants to return.

Despite reports that Stills is seeking and/or is likely to command $10-$12 million per season on the open market, the Palm Beach Post has reported that a deal in the vicinity of Marvin Jones’ ($8 million a season) might get it done.

Grier said he would not characterize the discussions as far apart.

“I wouldn’t say that,” Grier said. “We’ve been talking. But you know in terms of numbers, I mean, I could throw this guy is going to make $15 million out there, like it takes one team. We’ve been talking. But it’s been good dialogue back and forth.”

Stills led the Dolphins in touchdowns and yards per catch. Frankly, Grier sounded somewhat optimistic about the possibility of coming to an agreement.

“We’ve been talking back and forth,” Grier said. “I don’t think there’s any real numbers. We’ve talked back and forth to kind of know what the agent wants and what we think. But you know with any negotiation, anyone is going to ask for the moon and you know the team is going to try to come in and low ball them. It’s just the bartering back and forth.”

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Miami Dolphins wide receiver Kenny Stills (10) at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida on November 6, 2016. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

Miami Dolphins wide receiver Kenny Stills (10) at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida on November 6, 2016. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

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