Dolphins EVP Mike Tannenbaum times it perfectly with WR Kenny Stills

Kenny Stills is a good find by the Dolphins. (Andres Leiva/The Post)

DAVIE—The Dolphins have been blamed for some mistakes in free agency over the last several offseasons, but here’s a player Mike Tannenbaum absolutely nailed: Kenny Stills.

Tannenbaum swung a trade for Stills about a month after taking over as executive vice president of the team, getting him in exchange for a third-round pick and injured linebacker Dannell Ellerbe. Joe Philbin and Dan Campbell weren’t able to maximize him in 2015, playing him just 57 percent of the offensive snaps, but he’s been a great fit with Adam Gase.

Not only did Stills materialize into what Tannenbaum envisioned, the Dolphins also locked up what will likely be prime seasons from him with a four-year, $32 million contract last offseason. That deal has been criticized as overspending, but Stills’ strong second half of the season quieted that.

He played through an unspecified hand injury early in the year that might have hindered him. It was painful enough that he didn’t catch passes in practice for at least a couple weeks, and he had just 10 catches on 20 targets the first four games.

Some great games after that slow start—most notably 180 yards and a touchdown against Tampa Bay—lifted his overall numbers to the point that he looks well worth the contract he got in March and maybe even a bit of a bargain.

Stills is Miami’s best deep threat and he’s got 55 catches, 813 yards and six touchdowns going into Sunday’s season finale against the Bills. He’s second only to Jarvis Landry in all three categories. That’s a strong follow-up to a 2016 season in which he posted 42, 726 and nine.

(Not to mention Stills has been equally impressive off the field, where his charity work and community involvement earned him the team’s service award each of the last two seasons and a nomination for this year’s Walter Payton Man of the Year award.)

And there’s a lot of promise going forward given that Stills, the oldest of Miami’s top three receivers, is only 25. The Dolphins scooped up a top talent at good value from the Saints, helped him develop, then secured the prime of his career at a reasonable price. Tannenbaum got that one right.

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