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Breaking: Dolphins will keep WR Kenny Stills after all

Roy Cummings



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Dolphins coach Adam Gase admitted during the NFL Scouting Combine last week that he didn’t know how to feel about the possibility of Kenny Stills returning to the team.

“One day I feel good about it, one day I feel like crap about it,’’ Gase said. “I hate free agency. You just want to get your guys back.’’

Gase should wake up on Thursday feeling pretty good about Stills because the Dolphins, much to the surprise of many, have indeed retained their deep threat, signing him to a new deal late Wednesday.

Adam Schefter of ESPN had the skinny on the deal:

It is intriguing that while Stills got the $32 million, with $20 million of that guaranteed, it still cost the Dolphins less to re-sign Stills than many thought it would.

We had written about Stills’ possible value, once Antonio Brown got his new deal and set the market, here.

And, there were reports just last week that speculated Stills would somehow land a deal worth more than $10 million per year, but that always seemed wildly high for a player who has never had a 1,000-yard season.

Stills and the Fins made the deal official late Wednesday night and he had a message on social media for the fans:

Stills can take the top off a defense and led the Fins with 10 receiving TDs, and he was an important part of the Dolphins resurgent offense after the first month last year. So, this is a big win for Gase and Miami.

Roy Cummings is a native of Chicago, Illinois who grew up in the suburb of Lombard. He and his family later moved to Lakeland, Florida, where Roy attended high school at Kathleen High. He graduated from the University of South Florida with a Bachelor's Degree in Mass Communications in 1983 and immediately went to work for the Tampa Tribune. After five years working in a Polk County bureau covering everything from high school sports to college football to the Orlando Magic of the NBA, Roy moved back to Tampa and became the Tribune's first beat writer for the Tampa Bay Lightning, covering the team from its inception through the first eight years on the ice. He was then moved to the Buccaneers beat, where he stayed until the paper was folded in May, 2016. A two-time Florida Sports Writer of the Year, Roy has extensive experience covering all Tampa professional sports teams, including the Tampa Bay Rays.

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