The National Football League has scheduled July as the month for training camps to open. As with every sports league in the U.S., the NFL has had to adjust. In our weekly NFL update, read about the largest contract in history, what players are asking in regards to preseason games, and how D.C. may finally get a new nickname. Check out what happened last week in the National Football League so you can plan ahead your bets against their NFL odds!
NFL Update – July 8th Edition
2021 Super Bowl
- When: Sunday, Feb. 7, 2021
- Where: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL
2021 Super Bowl Odds
- Kansas City Chiefs +600
- Baltimore Ravens +650
- San Francisco 49ers +850
- New England Patriots +2500
- New Orleans Saints +1000
- Pittsburgh Steelers +2200
- Dallas Cowboys +1400
- A. Chargers +4000
- Green Bay Packers +2500
- Seattle Seahawks +2000
- Philadelphia Eagles +2200
- A. Rams +4000
- Cleveland Browns +2700
- Minnesota Vikings +3300
- A. Raiders +8000
- Indianapolis Colts +2200
- Tennessee Titans +2200
- Houston Texans +4000
- Chicago Bears +4000
- Atlanta Falcons +4000
- Buffalo Bills +2200
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers +900
- Denver Broncos +5000
- Carolina Panthers +8000
- New York Giants +8000
- New York Jets +8000
- Detroit Lions +8000
- Arizona Cardinals +5000
- Jacksonville Jaguars +15000
- Cincinnati Bengals +10000
- Miami Dolphins +8000
- Washington Redskins +12500
NFLPA asks for no preseason matchups
The National Football League Players Association asked the league if teams could skip all preseason matchups. Although the reasoning is the coronavirus, the truth is that many players, and coaches, have asked for this in the past.
Why? Detractors say preseason games cause injuries that can be avoided. How often does an NFL star go down during the preseason? Often enough for many coaches to back up the idea of canceling the preseason.
In the Age of Covid, preseason battles seem like unnecessary travel wrapped in unnecessary physical contact.
So, maybe, the NFLPA has a point.
Washington ready to change name, minority owner looks to sell
Daniel Snyder has always balked at the idea of changing the name of his beloved team. We won’t say the name because, in all honesty, he should have changed it years ago. It makes no sense to hang on to something so divisive.
It also may have unintended consequences on the football field. Has any D.C. fan wondered why Washington is 142-193-1 since Snyder bought the team?
Subconsciously, players could underperform because of the name. Stranger things have happened in sports.
Maybe, D.C. needs an entire overhaul. Change is good.
Patriots say parking will be free for home games
The New England Patriots told fans that they mustn’t pay for parking when they travel to Foxboro for home games. Makes sense. Why charge for parking when there should be unbelievable amount of open spaces?
Some teams figure to follow New England’s example. The NFL has allowed owners to come up with their own home game coronavirus mitigation measures.
This may be a good idea because NFL owners tend to stick together. Still, it could blow up in their faces if a few NFL cities suddenly become Covid-19 hotspot.
We must wait and see what the NFLPA says about this plan. The players association is a strong voice in the league.
Patrick Mahomes agrees to $503 million extension with the KC Chiefs
Patrick Mahomes signed the richest contract in NFL history. The deal could end up being worth $503 million over the course of 12 years.
However, like every sports contract, the chances of Patrick reaching the $503 million mark isn’t great. After 6-years, Mahomes will have made $183.5 million. At that point, the Chiefs and Patrick figure to restructure the deal.
Quarterbacks don’t play at the level Mahomes plays at into their thirties. It doesn’t happen with any quarterback.
Brees and Brady are exceptions to the rule. They’re also not nearly as mobile as Mahomes. The more a QB runs, the better chances of injury.
We won’t get into the deal’s specifics. We’ll just write that it this time, it’s the largest ever in the history of sports. Don’t be fooled, though, into thinking the Kansas City Chiefs didn’t protect themselves in some way.
Have a great week!