2017 NFL free agents: Dolphins WR Kenny Stills says team, not money, drove decision

Kenny Stills stayed with Miami for less money than he could’ve gotten elsewhere. (Bill Ingram/The Post)

Kenny Stills didn’t want to get into specifics, but it sounds like he took less money to stay with the Dolphins than he could’ve gotten elsewhere. Stills is back with Miami on a four-year, $32 million contract after re-signing tonight.

Whether he actually got better offers might never come out, but it’s clear money wasn’t the overriding factor in his free agency. When asked if it theoretically it would’ve been worth giving up some money to stay with the Dolphins, he said, “Yeah, definitely.”

Just as he did at the end of last season, when he led the team in touchdowns, Stills talked about the importance of playing with his teammates and continuing his relationship with Adam Gase and the rest of the organization. That experience was substantially different for him than his two years in New Orleans and his first season in Miami under Joe Philbin.

“That’s something I talked about to the younger guys all the time,” Stills said tonight. “It helped that I had two different experiences with two different teams and different head coaches, and I was able to make the best decision for me and my family, and also something that I was going to be able to live with in the long run.”

When pressed on whether there was a bigger offer, Stills answered, “There’s always other opportunities out there, but I was focused on what we’re doing here in Miami and what we’re building here, and honestly that’s all I cared about.”

Nonetheless, $32 million ($20 million guaranteed) is amazing money. Stills played for $1.7 million last year and made $3.4 million total over his first four seasons in the NFL.

“Honestly, I haven’t really thought about that,” he said. “I’m happy and I’m excited. And I think back about some of the low times in my life and some of the things I’ve been through and all the hard work and sacrifice that myself and a lot of people put in for me to get to this position. So I’m just thankful and I’m happy to be here. I know it’s right.”

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