The Miami Dolphin’s on Wednesday decided not to give WR Kenny Stills the franchise tag making him an unrestricted free agent. Now the open market will determine whether Stills will be on the roster for the Dolphins in 2017.
The expectation is that Stills will be looking for a multi-year deal with the floor of about $10 million a season. For the Dolphins, that floor is actually their ceiling. If Stills does indeed ask for more than $10 million, then he’s likely playing elsewhere this coming season.
If Stills does decide to take his talents away from South Beach, it’s certainly going to shift the thinking of the Dolphins draft. It will be interesting to see who they are focusing on at the combine this week. Are they widening their scope to include WRs, just in case Stills walks? That’s highly likely.
The Dolphins off-season has not been without drama. First there was the release, then non-release of OT Branden Albert. Then there was the trade for TE Julius Thomas, that kind-of-sort-of was for Albert, but was really also a swap of draft picks. Now we have this Kenny Stills situation, which certainly will have a major impact on free agency and the draft. Never a dull moment down in South Florida, it seems and there will be plenty to talk about in the coming weeks.