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:
Correction: Dolphins gave WR Kenny Stills a four-year, $32 million deal that includes $20 million guaranteed.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 9, 2017
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.
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.