Now that news of Matthew Stafford’s likely departure has sunk in, the lists of potential landing spots have arrived.
There are many questions to be answered and these analysts have taken a look at the teams who could end up as suitors for No. 9. Let’s take a look.
The Detroit Free Press’ Dave Birkett:
“Stafford will be on the move this offseason, so long as the Detroit Lions can get a fair return in a trade. And given the number of potential suitors — playoff-caliber teams who need a quarterback and are of the win-now mindset — that should not be difficult to do.”
Pro Football Focus’ Sam Monson:
“A pessimist would look at his career and brand him fools gold, a mercurial player whose high-end play teases a level he never reaches; an optimist would look at the sequence of head coaches that he has had and wonder what Stafford could achieve if paired with a creative offensive mind, the likes of which have recently helped steer other quarterbacks to outstanding performances.”
Monson offers five options here.
ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler:
“Teams are in the process of trying to find out the price. There’s no definitive compensation package to get there just yet, but some around the league are wondering if a first-rounder and multiple picks in the second through fourth rounds gets it done.”
His nine possible destinations here. (Subscription required.)
CBS Sports’ Jordan Dajani:
“Stafford has plenty of connections around the league so he could be playing under a head coach or general manager that he’s familiar with in 2021.”
And onto the rest of your notes.
- Mitch Albom for the Detroit Free Press explains how many Lions fans are likely feeling — Stafford’s departure was inevitable, but still depressing.
- OK pretty much all your notes are gonna be about Stafford. Here’s the Panthers Wire wondering if Carolina should make a move for him.
- Aaaaand here’s Inside the Star saying the Dallas Cowboys shouldn’t make a move for him.
- Aaaand here’s Rams Wire saying if the Los Angeles Rams are looking for a new QB, Stafford could make sense there.
- Happy Birthday Duron Harmon!
Happy birthday @dharm32❗️ pic.twitter.com/6FjA4YLbWR— Detroit Lions (@Lions) January 24, 2021
- And back to Stafford. The Jets Wire says trading for Stafford doesn’t make sense for them.
- The Pats Pulpit wants Stafford, but say there are plenty of questions to be answered first.
- Pro Football Focus’ Ben Linsey evaluates the level of concern for five first-round rookies that had a disappointing first year — a Lion made the list.
- Birkett explains how the Lions adding former Philadelphia Eagles running back Duce Staley as their running backs coach/assistant head coach could mean a big upcoming season for D’Andre Swift.