Texans officially release Kenny Stills

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Attention, contenders: A veteran receiver with plenty of experience is available. As long as none of the non-contenders claim him.

The Texans officially have released Kenny Stills. Because the move comes after the trade deadline, Stills will be required to pass through waivers. Every team will have a chance to submit a claim for “dibs” on Stills and his five remaining 2020 game checks, at $410,000 each.

Stills, originally drafted by the Saints in 2013, was traded to the Dolphins in 2015. He signed a four-year, $32 million deal to remain in Miami in March 2017. Miami traded Stills along with tackle Laremy Tunsil to the Texans in September 2019, for two first-round picks and a second-round pick.

That contract officially will expire if Stills clears waivers, allowing him to sign with any team. Stills also would have the ability to collect the balance of his salary from the Texans as termination pay, and he’d be able to keep anything he makes in a new city.

Prior to the trade deadline, Texans receiver Will Fuller‘s name was at the center of most of the trade chatter. Cutting him after the trade deadline becomes the only way for the Texans to potentially avoid paying the balance of his salary, and the timing of the move may have been specifically engineered to try to induce a team with needs at the position to pull the trigger on a waivers claim.

The Texans would have avoided the entire $6.975 million salary by cutting Stills before the start of the 2020 season. In hindsight, that would have been the best move; this year, Stills has caught only 11 passes for 144 yards and a touchdown.

15 responses to “Texans officially release Kenny Stills

  1. Stills was not going to be on the Texans roster come 2021 regardless.

    Stills, when healthy and contributing, he’s a “nice” 3rd or so receiver but he’s apparently got some chemistry issues. He could have made a nice career playing in New Orleans but they jettisoned him, the Dolphins, and now the Texans…a bit much for someone with the natural talent he has.

    No harm to the Texans and perhaps addition by subtraction.

  2. Now Stills can focus on his true passion, political activism because it certainly isn’t football. One of the more overrated and overpaid NFL players in recent memory.

  3. He is more focused on social justice than football.
    When he is not getting those 400k checks each week we will see how quick his attitude and priorities change

  4. If the dolphins have ANY SENSE AT ALL Kenny Stills will be signed by by Miami by the weekend. Miami has NO DEEP THREAT! When Parker and Stills were on the field at the same time; Miami’s offense was UNSTOPPABLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Kenny Stills is a GREAT Wide receiver!

  5. bonddavidbond says:
    November 27, 2020 at 7:18 pm
    If the dolphins have ANY SENSE AT ALL Kenny Stills will be signed by by Miami by the weekend. Miami has NO DEEP THREAT! When Parker and Stills were on the field at the same time; Miami’s offense was UNSTOPPABLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Kenny Stills is a GREAT Wide receiver!

    Roger Is going to suspend you for 6 games for posting false information.

  6. “Go Woke, Go broke!” is so fitting for this situation.

    Stills has the physical gifts, but wears out his welcome fast!

  7. Pretty sure after making $40 mil in 7 years, he doesn’t give a squirrel poot about fans on the internet.

  8. The ideal situation for a SJW. Free to protest systemic racism while collecting over $2,000,000 for not working from that racist system.

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