Texans To Cut WR Kenny Stills

The waiver wire will soon feature a proven pass catcher. The Texans are cutting Kenny Stills, Cameron Wolfe of ESPN.com reports (on Twitter).

Despite Houston trading for the former New Orleans and Miami wide receiver last year, the team has not featured him much this season. The eighth-year veteran has just 11 catches for 144 yards, having taken a backseat to other veteran targets Will Fuller, Brandin Cooks and Randall Cobb. Even with Cobb on IR now, Stills played just four snaps on Thanksgiving.

With the trade deadline having passed, Stills will head to the wire. A 28-year-old deep threat, he profiles as an interesting late-season piece for a contender. Stills’ contract expires at season’s end. In 117 career games (77 starts), Stills has 310 receptions for 4,843 yards and 37 touchdowns.

Stills enjoyed a bigger role last season, playing alongside Fuller and DeAndre Hopkins. He caught 40 passes for 561 yards and four touchdowns. The former fifth-round pick produced two 700-plus-yard seasons with the Dolphins, earning a four-year, $32MM extension in 2017. Barely $1MM remains on that deal. With the Saints, Stills led the NFL with 20.0 yards per catch in 2013 and posted a career-high 931 yards in ’14. The Saints traded him to the Dolphins in 2015.

The Texans, who acquired Stills in 2019’s Laremy Tunsil blockbuster deal, tried to trade Stills prior to this year’s deadline. But they ended up hanging onto each member of their veteran receiving quartet. Now, Houston will have just Fuller and Cooks from that crew down the stretch. Keke Coutee has resurfaced as an auxiliary cog.

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17 comments on “Texans To Cut WR Kenny Stills

  1. afsooner02

    GB will be on his waiver claim…..unfortunately it’s way too far down to get him.

    • HailRodgers12$

      But in 2 weeks we’ll get to read that “GB showed interest in Stills” so fans can pretend Gute is actually making an effort to improve the roster…

      That is, if they don’t snatch up Tavon Austin first. Cuz then we’re SB bound!

    • Regi Green

      The Eagles need to just preserve their cap space to rollover for next season’s cap mess.

      We might be a contender for the division title,but that 1 home playoff game don’t mean much without fans.And we’re not much of a contender for anything beyond that.They should be doing the same thing with Alshon,and just let the young receivers get the reps.

      • Regi Green

        6th worst record in the league.Play the younger guys everywhere possible,and hopefully have 1 or 2 of the 5 teams beneath us jump ahead of us.And any dead money they can attach to this year’s cap,while removing salary from next year,they should do it.

        The injury excuses we’ve used the last 2 years only play for so long.It works for year 1,but when it carries over to a 2nd year,there’s bigger issues.

  2. TJECK109

    You mean they couldn’t get anything at the deadline for this guy? Nothing at all? Not even a 6. Seems like BOB is still in the shadows

    • Lrtexasman

      They tried to trade him for any pick and could not. No one wanted to take his remaining contracts this year and next year. He’s very talented but the issue I’d guess is he’s heavily involved in the current social justice movement (was arrested and not charged) and continues to devote time with the various causes. I’d guess some teams were worried about him fully dedicating himself to their objectives.

  3. bradthebluefish

    Green Bay would want him. Doubt he’ll get there though. Texans were dumb not to getting Stills for anything before deadline.

    • twentyforty

      Why? He’s just a guy. No better than what they currently have…unless he can play LB or Safety.

  4. MBarry

    GB should definitely put in a claim. They don’t have WR depth beyond MVS and they can’t continue relying on Jones to fill that void.

    • Ak185

      With Lazardreturning, I think that Green Bay would need a more significant upgrade than the leap from MVS to Kenny Stills to consider a move. If they were going to pick up another receiver at that talent level, it may as well be either someone with some sort of familiarity with Rodgers or a different skill set than they currently have (i.e. a possession or jump ball receiver).

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