One of the key parts of betting the offseason futures is tracking the NFL free agency signings, especially at the quarterback position. There will be close to a half-dozen teams that will change starting quarterbacks in any given year, but this offseason may be closer to 10. The latest coming last night from Washington, as they signed a NFL career journeyman.
Let’s take a look at the odds movement seen in the Super Bowl odds market after the Washington Football Team signed Ryan Fitzpatrick.
Ryan Fitzpatrick Signs with Washington
The Washington Football Team looks to have their quarterback for the upcoming season, signing Ryan Fitzpatrick to a one-year deal worth over $10M.
Former Dolphins’ QB Ryan Fitzpatrick reached agreement with the Washington Football Team on a one-year deal worth $10 million that could grow to $12 million with incentives, per source. Fitzpatrick is expected to head to camp as the starter, with competition from Taylor Heinicke.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 16, 2021
Late Monday night, the Washington Football Team signed it’s starting quarterback for the 2021-2022 season. The great “Fitzmagic” has provided endless highlights for football fans in the last decade, and he’ll look to boost Washington’s Super Bowl odds for the upcoming season. Before the signing, Washington was +6000 to win the Super Bowl at DraftKings Sportsbook. After, odds moved to +5000.
While Fitzpatrick is known more as a likable player across the NFL to many fans rather than a star, he has certainly been an underrated quarterback when given the opportunity. In his career, Fitzpatrick has thrown for 223 touchdowns while rushing for 21 more, 169 interceptions, and in only three full seasons as an NFL starter, he combined for 79 touchdown passes. This is certainly an upgrade over Dwayne Haskins, Alex Smith, and Taylor Heinicke, who the Football Team won the NFC East with last season and are contenders to do so again this year.
Here’s a look at some Fitzpatrick highlights from the 2020 NFL season.
Washington Football Team Super Bowl Odds
While the Washington Football Team is not seen as a Super Bowl favorite by any stretch of the imagination, they are one of the better young teams in the NFL. Last season, they were really only good quarterback play away from making some noise in the postseason. With a terrific offensive line, some solid weapons, and a great defense, Washington could make a run in 2021. Here’s a look at their odds before and after the Fitzpatrick signing, per DraftKings Sportsbook.
|Super Bowl Odds||Opening Odds||Current Odds|
|Washington Football Team||+6000||+5000|
Washington opened at 60:1, but has since moved to +5000 after signing Fitzpatrick. Initially, the Washington Football Team was looking to be in the market for a veteran quarterback such as a Carson Wentz or Matt Stafford via trade, then Jameis Winston in the free-agent market. The thought was the Football Team would draft a quarterback to groom while growing with a veteran, but the signing of Ryan Fitzpatrick certainly solidifies that plan of attack.
Something to watch for will be whether or not the Football Team drafts a quarterback in the first round that may end up taking playing time in year one, like what happened in Miami last year for Fitzpatrick. Either way, the Washington Football Team’s Super Bowl odds have increased, and they are one of the sleepers of the offseason for futures wagering.
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