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Re-signing Stills stays a Dolphins priority — though what would it cost? History says a lot

One approach or a other, Kenny Stills knows his life will change in 3 weeks.

Free group is Mar 9, and Stills is approaching to get paid.

That is, if a Dolphins don’t close him down with a long-term understanding first.

Re-signing Stills, who led a group in yards per locate (17.3) and touchdowns (9) in 2017, has consistently been and stays a priority for a Dolphins, a source tells a Miami Herald. It doesn’t seem a understanding is imminent, and Stills could be tempted to emporium around before signing anything.

So what’s a cost tag?

We don’t know for sure, though a good beam is what players of identical prolongation have perceived in a past few years, practiced to simulate an ever-increasing income cap. The accurate top figure for 2017 is not nonetheless public, though a best theory is around $168 million — an boost of 8 percent over final year.

Stills held 42 passes for 726 yards and those 9 scores in 2016, giving him a following stat line for his four-year career: 164 catches, 2,738 yards and 20 touchdowns. That’s an normal of 41/685/5 per season.

What Stills lacked in volume as a pro, he’s some-more than done adult for in efficiency. Stills has averaged an eye-popping 16.7 yards per locate and 1 touchdown each 8.2 receptions during that stretch.

Then there’s this: Since a start of a 2013 season, Stills is third among all receivers with during slightest 50 targets in yards per aim (9.9).

No agreement is crafted in a vacuum, of course, so let’s review Stills’ stats to those of other receivers who have cashed in (including some who were admittedly some-more accomplished). These total are all pleasantness of OverTheCap.com.

  Indianapolis Colts’ T.Y. Hilton (13) catches a pass for a touchdown as Houston Texans’ D.J. Swearinger (36) defends a play during a second half of an NFL football game, Thurs., Oct. 9, 2014, in Houston.Patric SchneiderAP Photo

T.Y. Hilton, Colts

▪  Contract terms: Five years, $65 million ($13 million annually). $10 million signing bonus. Signed before a 2015 season.

▪  Adjusted to 2017 cap: Five years, $76 million ($15.2 million annually). $11.7 million signing bonus.

▪  Average career stats before contract: 71 catches, 1,096 yards, 6.3 touchdowns per year; 15.4 yards per catch; 1 touchdown each 11.3 receptions.

  Kansas City Chiefs far-reaching receiver Jeremy Maclin (19) creates a locate opposite Cleveland Browns cornerback Tramon Williams (22) during a second half of an NFL football diversion in Kansas City, Mo., Sun., Dec. 27, 2015.Charlie RiedelAP Photo

Jeremy Maclin, Chiefs

▪  Contract terms: Five years, $55 million ($11 million annually). $12 million signing bonus. Signed before a 2015 season.

▪  Adjusted to 2017 cap: Five years, $64 million ($12.9 million annually). $14 million signing bonus.

▪  Average career stats before contract: 67 catches, 954 yards, 7.2 touchdowns per year; 13.9 yards per catch; 1 touchdown each 9.5 receptions.

  San Diego Chargers far-reaching receiver Keenan Allen reacts after a accepting opposite a Detroit Lions during a initial half of an NFL football diversion Sun., Sept. 13, 2015, in San Diego.Alex GallardoAP Photo

Keenan Allen, Chargers

▪  Contract terms: Four years, $45 million ($11.3 million annually). $9.5 million signing bonus. Signed before a 2016 season.

▪  Adjusted to 2017 cap: Four years, $48.6 million ($12.2 million annually). $10.3 million signing bonus.

▪  Average career stats before contract: 72 catches, 851 yards, 5.3 touchdowns per year; 11.9 yards per catch; 1 touchdown each 13.4 receptions.

  Denver Broncos far-reaching receiver Emmanuel Sanders (10) catches a touchdown pass opposite Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Adam Jones (24) during a initial half of an NFL football game, Sun., Sept. 25, 2016, in Cincinnati.Gary LandersAP Photo

Emmanuel Sanders, Broncos

▪  Contract terms: Three years, $33 million ($11 million annually). $10.8 million signing bonus. Signed before a 2016 season.

▪  Adjusted to 2017 cap: Three years, $35.6 million ($11.9 million annually). $11.7 million signing bonus.

▪  Average career stats in 4 years before contract: 72 catches, 976 yards, 5.5 touchdowns per year; 13.6 yards per catch; 1 touchdown each 13.1 receptions.

  Los Angeles Rams receiver Tavon Austin breaks a tackle of New York Jets linebacker Julian Stanford during a second half expostulate on Sun., Nov. 13, 2016 during MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.Robert GauthierLos Angeles Times/TNS

Tavon Austin, Rams

▪  Contract terms: Four years, $42 million ($10.5 million annually). $17 million entirely guaranteed. Signed before a 2016 season.

▪  Adjusted to 2017 cap: Four years, $45.4 million ($11.3 million annually). $18.4 million entirely guaranteed.

▪  Average career stats before contract: 41 catches, 378 yards, 3 touchdowns per year; 9.2 yards per catch; 1 touchdown each 13.7 receptions.

  Jacksonville Jaguars far-reaching receiver Allen Hurns (88) catches a round for a touchdown during a NFL diversion between Buffalo Bills and Jacksonville Jaguars during Wembley Stadium in London, Sun., Oct. 25, 2015.Tim IrelandAP Photo

Allen Hurns, Jaguars

▪  Contract terms: Four years, $40.1 million ($10 million annually). $16 million entirely guaranteed. Signed before a 2016 season.

▪  Adjusted to 2017 cap: Four years, $43.3 million ($10.8 million annually). $17.3 million entirely guaranteed.

▪  Average career stats before contract: 58 catches, 854 yards, 8 touchdowns per year; 14.7 yards per catch; 1 touchdown each 7.2 receptions.

  Detroit Lions far-reaching receiver Golden Tate (15) pulls in a touchdown pass in front of New Orleans Saints cornerback Delvin Breaux (40) in a initial half of an NFL football diversion in New Orleans, Mon., Dec. 21, 2015.Brynn AndersonAP Photo

Golden Tate, Lions

▪  Contract terms: Five years, $31 million ($6.2 million annually). $8 million signing bonus. Signed before a 2014 season.

▪  Adjusted to 2017 cap: Five years, $39.2 million ($7.8 million annually). $10.1 million signing bonus.

▪  Average career stats before contract: 41 catches, 549 yards, 3.8 touchdowns per year; 13.4 yards per catch; 1 touchdown 11 receptions.

So what does this all mean?

Well, let’s order out Stills removing a Hilton-sized deal. He’s simply not on that level.

Many are indicating to Austin’s jaw-dropping prolongation as a beam for destiny far-reaching receiver deals, though some teams devise to simply omit it as an outlier. Austin does a small bit of all for a Rams, while Stills is fundamentally a receiver during this point.

None of a aforementioned receivers can compare Stills’ yards-per-catch efficiency, though that series needs perspective. Stills benefited from being a Dolphins’ primary (and during times, only) low hazard a final dual years.

Here’s a take: Tate’s agreement is expected Stills’ floor, and Sanders’ is substantially a ceiling. So let’s separate a difference.

The marketplace suggests Stills should get a understanding a area of 4 years, $40 million, with around $15 million in entirely guaranteed money.

But a genuine marketplace is whatever one group is peaceful to compensate for a player, as evidenced by a Giants giving Olivier Vernon a intolerable agreement final year.

So it’s protected to contend Stills is going to be value $10 million annually — if not some-more — to somebody.

We’ll shortly find out if a Dolphins are that team.

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