The Miami Dolphins have re-signed wide-receiver Kenny Stills to a four year contract according to a report.
That report comes from Adam Schefter who is reporting the deal to be four years at $32 million with $8 million guaranteed.
NOTE: Adam Schefter has since corrected his contract figures to say Stills will receive $20 million guaranteed.
Earlier today a report from Benjamin Albright on Twitter said that the Dolphins would be retaining their speedy wide-out but it took a few more hours for things to get to done.
The details of the deal is not yet known exactly. How the contract is divided over the course of those four years will be paramount to cap integrity. The deal to sign Stills is good for the Dolphins who are making a concerted effort to retain their own play-makers rather than watch them leave via free agency as in years past.
Earlier today the Dolphins re-signed defensive end Andre Branch to a three-year extension worth $27 million but it’s unclear what the guarantees are in that deal.
Stills developed a very good rapport with Ryan Tannehill in 2016 and that rapport led to Tannehill having one of his best deep ball successes of his career. Miami will try to build upon that in 2017. The 2nd year under Adam Gase’s system.
Speaking of Adam Gase, it was reported that Stills was offered more to go elsewhere but opted to stay in Miami due in part to his relationship with Gase. The Dolphins are now focusing on a new contract for restricted free agent Kiko Alonso.
It had been reported since the end of the Dolphins season that a lot of emphasis was being placed on re-signing Stills. The Dolphins were smart to let Stills explore the “tampering” period to gauge interest and potential payouts. It may have helped return him to Miami.
Free agency officially begins at 4:00 p.m. Thursday.