Patriots among betting favorites for Aaron Rodgers’ 2023 squad

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New England is also among the betting favorites to land Lamar Jackson or Tom Brady.

Aaron Rodgers and Bill Belichick shared a joyful hug after the Patriots’ loss to the Packers in Week 4. AP Photo/Mike Roemer

The quarterback carousel is about to restart as the NFL season comes to a close, and if the bets mean anything, they suggest the Patriots could be one of them.

New England is among the betting favorites for where Aaron Rodgers will play in 2023 after ESPN’s Adam Schefter announced Saturday that there was a “real possibility” that the Green quarterback Bay could be traded this offseason.

The Packers are still the favorites for where Rodgers will play in 2023, with a -125 rating on DraftKings Sportsbook. But the Patriots have the fourth best odds among non-Packers teams, behind the Raiders (+550), Jets (+750), and 49ers (+1000) with +1200 odds.

This is the third quarterback the Patriots have placed at the top of the betting list to land. On Monday, the Patriots were listed by as the betting favorite to bring in Lamar Jackson should he leave the Ravens this offseason. While DraftKings Sportsbook did not list the Patriots as the betting favorite to land Jackson, they listed them as tied for fifth best odds at +900.

A possible reunion with Tom Brady is another possibility that gamblers have set their sights on. The Patriots have the sixth best chances (+1200) of landing Brady this offseason, behind the Buccaneers (+150), Raiders (+150), 49ers (+750), Dolphins (+900) and Jets (+1000), with DraftKings Sportsbook.

With New England relatively high on the bets to bring in one of the former MVP quarterbacks, one wonders if the team is really considering becoming a quarterback. Bill Belichick certainly didn’t slam the door at his end-of-season press conference when he said Mac Jones “has the ability to play quarterback in this league,” but he didn’t answer. definitive answer as to whether he would be the team’s quarterback in 2023.

Jones struggled in the second year, throwing for 2,997 yards, 14 touchdowns, and 11 interceptions with a passer rating of 84.8. His three-game absence in October with an ankle injury saw rookie Bailey Zappe pick up two starts as well, leading to an awkward moment in Week 7 when Jones was booed by Patriots fans. on his return from injury before being benched. Jones fully regained his place at the top of the depth chart the following week and remained there until the end of the season as the Patriots’ offense continued to struggle.

The three quarterbacks, the Patriots, are among the betting favorites to land this offseason. As mentioned earlier, Rodgers could be traded this offseason and there is definitely a mutual respect between him and Belichick. The two shared a long embrace after the Packers’ Week 4 overtime win over the Patriots when Rodgers called Belichick a “legend” and Belichick said Rodgers was “just too good” to beat.

Brady and Jackson are currently not under contract for next season. Brady’s Buccaneers teammates believe he will leave Tampa on free duty this offseason, while Jackson’s future in Baltimore remains in doubt after missing the Ravens’ final six games of the season with a knee injury and not being present at their loss in the playoffs. to the Bengals.

You obviously know the past connection between Brady and the Patriots, but there’s also a little background between Jackson and the Patriots. New England hosted Jackson for a pre-draft meeting in 2018, which Jackson recalled prior to this season’s Week 3 game.

“I saw Belichick smile,” Jackson said with a smile. “Usually, when I see him, he’s a surprised face, an impassive man. When I saw him smile, I thought, “Damn, you have a sense of humor.” »

Belichick also made a wise mention of Jackson’s contract situation when he talked about the quality of a player he is ahead of this game.

“No doubt [Jackson’s answered those questions about being able to throw in the pocket]”, Belichick said. “He’s the type of player, the type of MVP candidate. I think he more than answered. But we’ll see what his contract is, she’ll answer that.

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