The National Football League remains on track for a September regular season start. Check out what happened this past week in the most popular sports league in the U.S. along with some NFL Odds and Updated Super Bowl Odds!
NFL Update – May 25th Edition2021 Super Bowl
- When: Sunday, Feb. 7, 2021
- Where: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL
2021 Super Bowl Odds
- Kansas City Chiefs +500
- Baltimore Ravens +500
- San Francisco 49ers +825
- New England Patriots +2800
- New Orleans Saints +1000
- Pittsburgh Steelers +2500
- Dallas Cowboys +1700
- A. Chargers +5500
- Green Bay Packers +3500
- Seattle Seahawks +2100
- Philadelphia Eagles +2300
- A. Rams +3800
- Cleveland Browns +2700
- Minnesota Vikings +3300
- A. Raiders +8000
- Indianapolis Colts +2100
- Tennessee Titans +3000
- Houston Texans +9500
- Chicago Bears +6600
- Atlanta Falcons +4500
- Buffalo Bills +2100
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers +900
- Denver Broncos +6000
- Carolina Panthers +18000
- New York Giants +14500
- New York Jets +10000
- Detroit Lions +9000
- Arizona Cardinals +5500
- Jacksonville Jaguars +10000
- Cincinnati Bengals +10000
- Miami Dolphins +8000
- Washington Redskins +10000
Big name NFL free agents still looking for homes
Some top free agents remain unsigned. Check out the list.
QB Cam Newton
Most feel the Seahawks or Rams will sign Cam to back-up either Russell Wilson or Jared Goff. The problem for Newton is that he’s sort of a tweener right now. He’s neither a backup nor a starter. Teams don’t want to pay him starter money. But will he excel as a backup?
The fact the Jets went with Joe Flacco instead of Cam Newton tells us a lot.
RB Devonta Freeman
Atlanta’s former starting running back may not find a job. In the NFL, a running back’s career lasts 3 to 4 years. Some say Buccaneers. Some say the Panthers might want Devonta. At the end, we’ll see if either does.
WR Taylor Gabriel
Gabriel is another player who might not find a job. Most talk about Packers, Vikings, or Jets as possible landing spots. But Taylor suffered concussions last season that limited him to 9 games. That’s why the Bears cut him.
We saw what concussions did to Luke Kuechly. Luke retired after last season. Gabriel’s situation could be the same.
TE Delanie Walker
The former Titans’ tight-end is fantastic when he’s healthy. Last season, he didn’t recover from the ankle injury he suffered in 2018. Delanie’s in the Gabriel / Freeman category. A team might take a shot. But the team that does won’t expect Walker to start at tight-end.
Check out a list of players who will, no doubt, end up with a team:
- OLB Clay Matthews
- CB Eli Apple
- S Eric Reid
- DE Jadeveon Clowney
- G Larry Warford
- OT Jason Peters
Warford, Clowney, and Reid can play at a pro-ball level when healthy. The Saints ditched Warford because they planed on him walking after this season. The man remains one of the top guards in the league.
Clowney is still one of the best defensive-ends in the NFL. Apple, Matthews, and Peters can serve important backup roles. All 3 can still play.
Clay could be a nice situational pass rusher. Or, he could plug the middle for a team looking to shore up their run defense.
Apple is a nickel-cornerback. He may not start for you, but he can help guard the extra wide receiver.
Peters could end up in the hall-of-fame. He can play any position along the line and excels in pass protection. It always helps to have as many good players as possible for your offensive line.
Dak and Boys have yet to agree
Dallas placed the franchise tag on Dak Prescott. That means the quarterback will make $31.4 million this season.
But the Cowboys have yet to sign Dak to a long-term extension. No doubt, Prescott walks after this season unless Dallas ponies up a great deal.
Will that happen? Jerry Jones treats players well. At least, that’s what most of them say. So, we know Jones wants him to stay.
Dak and his agent should consider staying in Big D. Sure, there will be more money out there. But it’s difficult to find an owner like Jones, one who loves the game.
Most owners consider the bottom line first. Not Jerry Jones. He think about winning even though it hasn’t panned out in over two decades.
Starting last Tuesday, NFL teams opened training facilities
Let’s end this week’s NFL update on a positive note. Last week, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said teams could open their training facilities.
The one caveat? Squads had to follow their state’s reopening protocol. The Falcons, Cowboys, Texans, Colts, and Chiefs have all opened their training facilities.
More should follow. The quicker the most important sports league in the U.S. gets back to normal, the quicker other sports leagues will get back to normalcy.
Have a great week!