Miami Dolphins, Kenny Stills agree to long-term deal

Miami Dolphins wide receiver Kenny Stills heads to the end zone after a catch in the fourth quarter against the against the Buffalo Bills. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

Kenny Stills wanted to stay a Miami Dolphin and the franchise felt the same way.

Mission accomplished.

Stills, who caught a team-leading nine touchdowns and emerged as one of the NFL’s top deep threats, agreed to a new deal with Miami, bypassing deep interest from multiple other teams.

Stills has never topped 1,000 receiving yards but is only 24 years old and has four years of NFL experience. He would have been one of the most attractive wide receivers on the free agent market, as sought after as any player outside of Alshon Jeffery, DeSean Jackson and Terrelle Pryor.

Stills had 42 catches for 726 yards last season. He also ranked third in the league with 17.3 yards per catch.

Miami acquired Stills in a trade from New Orleans two years ago, but he really flourished under coach Adam Gase. Stills is an excellent complement to the shifty Jarvis Landry and athletic DeVante Parker with his top-end speed.

Stills was due a big raise after earning $1.67 million last season. According to spotrac, Stills’ market value was $6.4 million per season. But the Palm Beach Post reported that it would likely take more than $8 million annually to get a deal done.

At the NFL Scouting Combine, Dolphins general manager Chris Grier described Stills as a “very important part.”

“We all feel that he contributed greatly to our success last year,” Grier said. “And hopefully we’ll get something done here. But as Mike (Tannenbaum) 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.”

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