NFL Free Agency 2017: Is wide receiver Kenny Stills the one?
By John Angiolillo
Special to Pro Football Guru
It should come as no surprise that some NFL free agents are overpaid. However, in the case of Miami Dolphins wide receiver Kenny Stills, observers and fans might raise some eyebrows at the contract the probable unrestricted free agent could receive.
According to Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald, the pass-catcher is expecting a contract that would pay him annually $12 million per season. That would financially put Stills in a class just below the National Football League’s elite receivers such as Dallas’ Dez Bryant, Denver’s Demaryius Thomas and the newly-signed Antonio Brown of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
That’s not bad for a player who has yet to go over one-thousand yards receiving, make a Pro Bowl, or catch more than ten touchdowns in a season. In fact, Stills managed 42 receptions and 726 receiving yards, which isn’t exactly stellar, but did lead the team with nine touchdown grabs. Pro Football Focus, the leading football analytical website, only graded the wideout at 72.5, which is considered average.
So why is he going to expect so much money?
Simple. Stills is the safest free-agent receiver on the market. The top wide-out available, Chicago’s Alshon Jeffery, is coming off a four game suspension for PEDs, and would be suspended ten contests if nailed again. Cleveland’s Terrelle Pryor came back down to earth the second half of the season, and questions about his character were raised. Los Angeles Rams’ wideout Kenny Britt enjoyed his best season as a professional, but it took him over eight seasons to realize his potential. Current Washington Redskins’ deep-threat DeSean Jackson suffered a lot of wear and tear during his time with the Redskins and he could be hitting the decline. Ditto for Pierre Garcon.
For teams, Stills is an intriguing prospect. He had nine touchdowns for Miami last season and managed to play in every game. He’s only 24 years old, and possesses decent upside. Expect the Philadelphia Eagles, Tennessee Titans, San Francisco 49ers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Redskins to get involved.
John Angiolillo is an aspiring sports writer and journalist. He’s also a student at West Chester and contributor at Corner Pub Sports. You can follow him on Twitter at @CornerPubJohn.