The NFL free agency (read: tampering) period has been an absolute blast, especially since sports fans don’t exactly have a whole lot else to focus on these days.
From Tom Brady leaving the New England Patriots to the trades of star wideouts DeAndre Hopkins and Stefon Diggs, there was a lot of big news breaking every day at NJ Gambling Websites.
Tom Brady talks Gisele’s famous dig at WRs
Remember what Tom Brady’s wife, Gisele, went nuts on a heckler after the Super Bowl loss versus the Giants?
“My husband cannot f—— throw the ball and catch the ball at the same time. I can’t believe they dropped the ball so many times,” Gisele said after Super Bowl XLVI.
Well, Tom hasn’t forgotten about it either.
“You know, my wife said, ‘He cannot throw the ball and catch it?’ That’s the truth. There (are) a lot of guys who have been on the other end of catching all those passes,” Brady said.
Wait; what?! Oh, OK, Tom. I see what you’re trying to say.
Brady suggested the opposite of how Gisele felt. She felt that her husband’s teammates were holding him back; he feels that he wouldn’t be where he is now if it wasn’t for his WRs.
But who is right and who is wrong? And why would he bring up THAT quote when giving praise to his former WR?
Either way, it’s been over seven years since Welker’s drop, so Brady clearly feels enough time has passed to make light of his wife’s stinging comments.
“Wes is one of my best friends. He always will be,” Brady added. “Wes knows how I feel about him. What an amazing player he was.”
Now that the dust has settled — for the most part — let’s take a look at some of the best NJ sportsbooks and see how the Super Bowl futures have changed from before free agency.
NFL Teams on the Rise
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- Pre-Free Agency Super Bowl Odds: +3500
- Current Super Bowl Odds: +1700 at DraftKings
The Bucs were one of the big winners in free agency as they won the Tom Brady sweepstakes. As a result, their Super Bowl futures shortened all the way down from +3500 to +1700. Only the San Francisco 49ers (+900) and the New Orleans Saints (+1300) have shorter odds in the NFC.
The big rumor making the rounds now is that the Bucs will try to add Antonio Brown to the mix. The troubled wideout has been out of the league and dealing with all sorts of legal and family issues.
On the surface, a Brown-Brady-Mike Evans-Chris Godwin offense would be incredible. Of course, Brown might torpedo the team too but expect the Bucs odds to shorten if they do get their hands on Brown.
- Pre-Free Agency Super Bowl Odds: +3300
- Current Super Bowl Odds: +2200 at FanDuel
The Bills were busy in free agency as they acquired a No. 1 wideout in Stefon Diggs and then adding some good pieces to their defense like Mario Addison, Vernon Butler and Quinton Jefferson.
The Bills’ defense was ranked third in the NFL last season, so adding these types of quality pieces is going to make them one of the top units in the NFL once again.
The Bills also benefited greatly from Brady leaving the AFC East. Their path to winning the division or conference has gotten a lot easier as a result.
- Pre-Free Agency Super Bowl Odds: +15000
- Current Super Bowl Odds: +8000 at William Hill
The Dolphins are still extreme longshots to win the Super Bowl, but their odds shortened significantly after free agency. They had a really big haul, including cornerback Byron Jones, offensive lineman Ereck Flowers and running back Jordan Howard – to name a few.
We’ll see what they end up doing in the 2020 NFL Draft in terms of their quarterback of the future. As of now, the Dolphins have boosted the talent on their roster significantly.
NFL Teams on the Decline
New England Patriots
- Pre-Free Agency Super Bowl Odds: +1600
- Current Super Bowl Odds: +2000 at DraftKings
Of course, the Patriots were one of the biggest fallers in terms of the 2020 Super Bowl futures. They were at +1600 beforehand right before free agency, but many people felt that was a good value bet as they might be able to bring Brady back.
Instead, the Patriots didn’t even make an offer to Brady as they watched him sign with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The bigger issue for the Patriots is that they have no clear option to replace Brady on the roster and the offense is otherwise in shambles. Sure, there’s Julian Edelman, but the receiving corps were several bricks short of a load even with Brady.
They haven’t done much to fix that. With guys like Hunter Henry and AJ Green getting the franchise tag, and the Pats missing out on DeAndre Hopkins and Diggs, they are really in a tight spot to improve their offense.
As far as who is their starting quarterback for Week 1 in 2020? As of right now, it looks like Jarrett Stidham could be the guy. Options like Andy Dalton and Cam Newton are still out there, though.
- Pre-Free Agency Super Bowl Odds: +3100
- Current Super Bowl Odds: +3300 at PointsBet
It’s interesting to see that the Browns have fallen as they were one of the more active teams in free agency. They inked Austin Hooper to a contract, making him the highest-paid tight end in the NFL.
Then they also filled a big need by signing tackle Jack Conklin. On defense, they added Kevin Johnson and Karl Joseph to their secondary.
Even so, the oddsmakers were nonplussed as the Browns actually dropped from +3100 to +3300. Maybe they’re cautious as the Browns were very busy the last offseason and ended up falling on their face once the regular season started.