Jan 3, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) throws a pass against the Tennessee Titans during the first quarter at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Deshaun Watson Next Team Odds: Saints emerge as favorites

The New Orleans Saints have emerged as the betting favorite to acquire quarterback Deshaun Watson from the Houston Texans.

Colorado-based sportsbook MaximBet opened the market Saturday on which team Watson will play for next with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers opening as the +300 favorite.

However, those odds shifted dramatically with Sunday’s NFL Network report that New Orleans and Carolina have made the first two offers to Houston. That vaulted the Saints up to the +150 favorite to acquire Watson, followed by the Panthers (+250) and Buccaneers (+500).

Other teams are believed to have strong interest in Watson as well, with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Seattle Seahawks both being offered at +1000 by MaximBet.

Deshaun Watson Next Team Odds (Opened At)
New Orleans Saints: +150 (+900)
Carolina Panthers: +250 (+1000)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: +500 (+300)
Pittsburgh Steelers: +1000 (+400)
Seattle Seahawks: +1000 (+1200)
Minnesota Vikings: +1400 (+900)
Houston Texans: +1400 (+1000)
Miami Dolphins: +1400 (+1400)
Las Vegas Raiders: +1400 (+1500)
Detroit Lions: +2000 (+2100)

DraftKings is not offering a Watson-specific market, but he is among the top three favorites to be the Week 1 starting quarterback for four different teams.

Watson’s shortest odds are the Seahawks, where he is being offered at +150 along with Drew Lock behind “Any Rookie QB” at -110. He also has the second-shortest odds to land with the Saints at +350 behind Jameis Winston at +300.

Watson is being offered at +500 by DraftKings to be the Week 1 starter in either Pittsburgh or Tampa Bay. Mason Rudolph is the +300 favorite for the Steelers, followed by Any Rookie QB at +400. Second-year quarterback Kyle Trask is the +300 favorite with the Bucs, followed by Watson and current 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo.

The Panthers, per reports, are operating under orders from owner David Tepper to do what it takes to land Watson.

Watson, who learned Friday he would not face criminal charges for sexual misconduct related to claims from 22 women of wrongdoing, vowed not to play for Houston again in January 2021. He was inactive for all 17 regular-season games last season.

The Texans fired head coach David Culley after one season and promoted Lovie Smith to the role, but Houston’s position established by general manager Nick Caserio hasn’t changed: The franchise will deal Watson if it helps Houston.

Caserio hasn’t confirmed that the asking price includes multiple first-round draft picks and additional assets — either draft capital or NFL players — but multiple reports Friday said the Texans have not shifted from their original ask of suitors.

The Panthers and Lions have veteran quarterbacks under contract they acquired in trades last offseason who could be included in any deal, and each team owns a pick in the top 10 of the 2022 NFL Draft.

–Field Level Media

Green Bay Packers quarterback Jordan Love (10) and quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) participate in training camp Wednesday, July 28, 2021, in Green Bay, Wis.

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Aaron Rodgers’ post spurs Packers QB prop markets

Aaron Rodgers’ “Monday Night Gratitude” Instagram post ignited a firestorm of speculation about the future of the Green Bay Packers quarterback.

It also spurred multiple sportsbooks to set odds on who will be under center for the Packers in Week 1 of the 2022 season — if it’s not Rodgers — and where the four-time NFL MVP might be if it’s not with Green Bay or enjoying retirement.

Rodgers said Tuesday on “The Pat McAfee Show” that he had not made a decision about his future.

Packers backup quarterback Jordan Love was among the numerous people Rodgers expressed gratitude for in his Monday night post. The 23-year-old has been waiting in the wings since his controversial selection in the first round two years ago.

The former Utah State quarterback saw his first regular-season action in 2021, completing 36 of 62 passes (58.1 percent) for 411 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions. He’s the clear favorite to take over the starting job if Rodgers moves on, with MaximBet offering him at 2-1.

The next shortest odds belong to San Francisco quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (5-1), who is widely expected to be traded this offseason with the 49ers spending the third overall pick on Trey Lance last year. He’s followed by Russell Wilson at 6-1, despite Seattle’s quarterback saying earlier this month that his “hope and goal” is to remain with the Seahawks.

BetMGM is offering -350 odds that Wilson takes the first snap for Seattle in Week 1 compared to +240 odds that it will be any other quarterback for the Seahawks.

Any rookie quarterback taking over for Rodgers and starting in Week 1 has 8-1 odds at MaximBet, followed by Las Vegas backup Marcus Mariota (9-1) and Minnesota starter Kirk Cousins (10-1).

The sportsbook is offering odds on 14 possibilities, all the way down to the Packers luring Tom Brady out of retirement at 25-1.

Packers Week 1 QB Odds:
Jordan Love (2-1)
Jimmy Garoppolo (5-1)
Russell Wilson (6-1)
Rookie Quarterback (8-1)
Ryan Tannehill (8-1)
Marcus Mariota (9-1)
Kirk Cousins (10-1)
Carson Wentz (10-1)
Ryan Fitzpatrick (10-1)
Jameis Winston (12-1)
Gardner Minshew (16-1)
Cam Newton (20-1)
Derek Carr (20-1)
Tom Brady (25-1)

–Field Level Media

OU quarterback Caleb Williams (13) smiles after throwing a touchdown pass during a 52-21 win against Texas Tech on Saturday at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman.

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Odds for 32 potential CFP semifinal matchups

The College Football Playoff picture will take further shape with 20 games involving top 25 teams this week, including four pitting ranked teams against each other.

Among them, No. 8 Oklahoma travels to No. 13 Baylor. The Sooners sit well outside the CFP committee’s top four despite entering the weekend 9-0.

MaximBet, a Colorado-based sportsbook, is offering odds on 32 potential CFP semifinal games. Oklahoma enters the weekend favored against Oregon, Cincinnati and Michigan.

CFP Semifinal Game Odds
Alabama vs. Georgia (-2.5)
Ohio State vs. Georgia (-6)
Oklahoma vs. Georgia (-13)
Cincinnati vs. Georgia (-15)
Oregon vs. Georgia (-17.5)
Ohio State vs. Alabama (-4)
Oklahoma vs. Alabama (-10.5)
Cincinnati vs. Alabama (-13.5)
Oregon vs. Alabama (-15)
Oklahoma vs. Ohio State (-6.6)
Cincinnati vs. Ohio State (-9)
Cincinnati vs. Oklahoma (-2.5)
Oregon vs. Cincinnati (-2)
Oregon vs. Oklahoma (-5.5)
Michigan vs. Georgia (-16)
Michigan vs. Alabama (-14)
Michigan vs. Ohio State (-10.5)
Michigan vs. Oklahoma (-4.5)
Michigan vs. Cincinnati (-1)
Michigan vs. Oregon (PK)
Michigan State vs. Georgia (-21)
Michigan State vs. Alabama (-20)
Michigan State vs. Ohio State (-16.5)
Michigan State vs. Oklahoma (-10)
Michigan State vs. Cincinnati (-7)
Michigan State vs. Oregon (-6)
Notre Dame vs. Georgia (-21.5)
Notre Dame vs. Alabama (-20)
Notre Dame vs. Ohio State (-17)
Notre Dame vs. Oklahoma (-10.5)
Notre Dame vs. Cincinnati (-7)
Notre Dame vs. Oregon (-6)

–Field Level Media

Dec 27, 2020; Houston, Texas, USA; Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) rolls out of the pocket against the Cincinnati Bengals during the third quarter at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Deshaun Watson next team odds: Dolphins lead 12-pack

The Miami Dolphins are widely considered the favorite to land quarterback Deshaun Watson if he’s traded by the Houston Texans, but one sportsbook is offering odds on a dozen potential NFL destinations.

MaximBet is offering the Dolphins at 3-2 (-150), with the Carolina Panthers owning the next-shortest odds to acquire Watson at 3-1. The Philadelphia Eagles, Pittsburgh Steelers and Denver Broncos are each being offered at 5-1.

The 26-year-old would consider a trade to several teams ahead of the Nov. 2 trade deadline, according to a report Monday by ESPN. The Dolphins have been tied to rumors involving Watson since before the start of the regular season, with the Houston Chronicle reporting that a trade could be completed by the end of last week.

The newspaper reported that Watson nixed a deal to the Eagles, who are 2-5 with Jalen Hurts at quarterback. The Panthers are still in the NFC playoff picture at 3-4, with The Athletic reporting Carolina is interested in Watson due to the ongoing struggles of Sam Darnold, who was benched in Sunday’s loss to the New York Giants.

The Broncos have lost four consecutive games after beginning the season 3-0. ESPN reported they could be an option, but Denver has yet to enter the bidding process. The Broncos acquired Teddy Bridgewater from Carolina over the offseason and also have Drew Lock.

If Watson is dealt to Miami, there is a chance he’s in uniform facing the Texans on Nov. 7.

Watson hasn’t played for the Texans this season. He stands accused of sexual assault by 22 women who have filed lawsuits. Police and the NFL have ongoing investigations.

Houston has reportedly sought three first-round selections and two second-round picks in any trade for Watson.

Though he is disgruntled with the Texans, Watson reported to training camp to avoid being fined $50,000 per day. He attends meetings but hasn’t played in any games.

Watson, a three-time Pro Bowl selection, has passed for 14,539 yards, 104 touchdowns and 36 interceptions in 54 games (53 starts) over four seasons. He established career highs of 4,823 yards and 33 touchdowns last season while throwing a career low seven interceptions.

Deshaun Watson Next Team Odds:
Miami Dolphins: 3-2 (-150)
Carolina Panthers: 3-1
Philadelphia Eagles: 5-1
Pittsburgh Steelers: 5-1
Denver Broncos: 5-1
New Orleans Saints: 12-1
Chicago Bears: 15-1
Green Bay Packers: 30-1
Detroit Lions: 40-1
Indianapolis Colts: 50-1
Atlanta Falcons: 75-1
Washington Football Team: 100-1

–Field Level Media