Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports that the Dolphins are scheduled to meet with the agents for free agent WR Kenny Stills and DE Andre Branch and are hoping to establish the starting point for negotiations regarding extensions for the two players.
Salguero mentions that both Stills and Branch are free agent priorities for Miami this offseason.
Dolphins GM Chris Grier mentioned that they’re hoping to bring back Stills next year.
“It’s important for us to bring him back,” Grier said. “We’d like to have him back. It’s his right to test the market and see what he can get, but we’d like to have him back.”
Salguero adds that there is some pressure on the Dolphins to get these contracts hammered out, considering that they have other needs to address this offseason.
However, it’s possible that Stills’ asking price could end up being rather high, as he’s in line to be one of the best available receivers in a limited group of free agents.
Stills, 24, is a former fifth-round pick of the Saints back in 2013. He spent two years in New Orleans before he was traded to the Dolphins in return for a third-round pick that became CB P.J. Williams and LB Dannell Ellerbe.
In 2016, Stills appeared in all 16 games for the Dolphins and caught 42 passes for 726 yards receiving and nine touchdowns.
Branch, 27, is a former second-round pick of the Jaguars back in 2012. He played out his rookie contract with the Jaguars before signing a one-year, $3 million contract with the Dolphins in March of last year.
In 2016, Branch appeared in all 16 games for the Dolphins and recorded 49 tackles, 5.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and a pass defense.
We have both players featured in our Top 100 – 2017 Free Agents list.