The Miami Dolphins have been making a concerted effort to retain their own-players under the regime run by Mike Tannenbaum and head coach Adam Gase.

This offseason, they have made strides in doing just that with the contract extension of defensive end Cameron Wake as a prime example.

The Dolphins have also been trying to work out a new contract with soon-to-be free agent wide receiver Kenny Stills, but Stills appears likely to hit free agency instead of re-signing with the team he spent the past 2 seasons with.

According to the Miami Herald’s Armando Salguero, the Dolphins are hoping to make a pitch to Stills this week while also noting that Stills is more likely to leave via free agency than stay in Miami.

Why?

According to Salguero, the Stills camp is already aware of the receiver’s potential value in free agency and they believe the market will be th $12-million-a-year range for Stills.

The Dolphins aren’t interested in paying such a high price for a 3rd receiver.

The Philadelphia Eagles have been heavily mentioned in rumors as a team that would have an interest in adding Stills to their roster, and also be willing to pay the cost to do just that.

Miami has to look towards the future as they will have to work extensions for Jarvis Landry, Kiko Alonso and Reshad Jones, as all players are expecting long-term deals to stay in Miami.

In conclusion it seems that Stills will hit the open market and Miami may choose to address a new need for a speed receiver in the draft, or for more of a bargain in free agency by kicking the tires on Cordarrelle Patterson, if the Minnesota Vikings can’t work out a new contract with him, who could fit Stills’ role at a more affordable rate.