Kenny Stills isn’t going anywhere.
And he’s staying at a relative bargain.
The Dolphins locked down Stills, who led the team in touchdown catches last year, with a four-year, $32 million contract.
ESPN reported that Still will receive $20 million in guarantees.
He officially signed the contract late Wednesday night.
It might not be a hometown discount, but it’s certainly value. Stills was expected to receive $10 million annually. Instead, he fits into the Dolphins’ philosophy of keeping their own — at the right price.
“There's always opportunities out there, other opportunities,” Stills said late Wednesday. “I was focused on what we were doing here in Miami and what we're building here. Honestly, that's really all I cared about.”
Stills said there were three major players competing for his services, but remaining in Miami was “what we wanted form the very beginning. The fact that I wanted to be back here with this team, I felt like I was building something special. It's exactly why I'm back.”
Stills wouldn’t come out and say that he took less money to say, but hinted that he did. He is quite active in the South Florida community, and that connection also played a role.
Stills ranked third in all of football last year by averaging 17.3 yards per catch. His nine touchdowns were sixth.
Stills and Andre Branch both agreed to new deals Wednesday, but the Dolphins should still have some $30 million in salary cap space to address their many other needs.
Stills will return to one of the better wide receiver groups in the league. Jarvis Landry has appeared in each of the last two Pro Bowls, and DeVante Parker is an ascendant player. Throw in new tight end Julius Thomas, who will be formally traded to the Dolphins Thursday, and Miami has a wide array of offensive weapons.
Even if he signed for less here than he could elsewhere, this is life-changing money for Stills.
“Honestly, I haven't really thought about that,” he said. “I'm happy and I'm excited and I think about some of the low times in my life and some of the things I've been through, the sacrifices.”
He continued: “I'm just thankful. I'm happy to be here. I know it's right.”
Miami Herald sportswriter Armando Salguero contributed to this report.