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Notes: Media speculates Matthew Stafford’s potential landing spots

Where could No. 9 end up?

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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.”

His 8 potential suitors here.

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.”

Review his five picks here.

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