Kenny Stills is days away from free agency and, at this moment, it doesn’t sound like the Dolphins are going to be able to keep him off the market. Stills could fetch around $12MM/year and the Dolphins are unwilling to go that high for him, sources tell Armando Salguero of The Miami Herald.
Multiple NFL sources tell Salguero that Stills is more likely to leave via free agency than stay in Miami. At the same time, talk of Stills joining up with the Eagles is gaining momentum. The Dolphins will continue to negotiate with Stills’ reps, but it sounds like they will hold the line as they look to add at defensive end, linebacker, guard, potentially defensive back. The team also has to address the long-term futures of players like safety Reshad Jones, receiver Jarvis Landry, and linebacker Kiko Alonso.
Stills isn’t the only free agent that could wind up leaving the Dolphins in March. The team has also indicated to defensive end Andre Branch and tight end Dion Sims that they will not necessarily outbid the field to keep them. It seems the Dolphins are pushing a team-first agenda in which they are expecting free agents to give the team a hometown discount. One has to wonder if players will buy into that program.
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