Despite Brady suspension, Patriots still favorites to win Super Bowl


Despite Brady suspension, Patriots still favorites to win Super Bowl

Soon after Tom Brady announced that he would not continue to pursue his case against the NFL in court and accept his four-game suspension, Bovada released its odds for Super Bowl LI.

Despite the fact that the Patriots quarterback will miss 25 percent of the regular season, they are still the favorites to hoist the Lombardi Trophy.

"Even though Tom Brady will be suspended for the first four games of the season it has not really affected the Patriots Super Bowl odds for a variety of reasons," Sportsbook Manager Kevin Bradley said in a statement. "First, they have a fairly easy first four matchups with the exception of playing on the road in Arizona, which would have been a tough game even if Brady was playing. Also, considering how weak their division is they are still -200 favorites to win it as there is no obvious threat. Lastly, when we went through this situation last year we raised the Patriots odds with the suspension news to around 10-1 and saw a ton of money on them even though people assumed Brady was not going to be playing the first four games, so we will not make that same mistake again."

Here's the full list of Super Bowl LI odds from Bovada . . . 

New England Patriots (6/1)

Green Bay Packers (17/2)

Seattle Seahawks (9/1)

Arizona Cardinals (12/1)

Carolina Panthers (12/1)

Pittsburgh Steelers (12/1)

Minnesota Vikings (16/1)

Cincinnati Bengals (18/1)

Dallas Cowboys (18/1)

Denver Broncos (18/1)

New York Giants (25/1)

Oakland Raiders (25/1)

Indianapolis Colts (28/1)

Kansas City Chiefs (28/1)

Baltimore Ravens (33/1)

Houston Texans (33/1)

Jacksonville Jaguars (40/1)

Atlanta Falcons (50/1)

Chicago Bears (50/1)

New York Jets (50/1)

Washington Redskins (50/1)

Buffalo Bills (66/1)

Detroit Lions (66/1)

Los Angeles Rams (66/1)

Miami Dolphins (66/1)

New Orleans Saints (66/1)

Philadelphia Eagles (66/1)

San Diego Chargers (66/1)

Tennessee Titans (66/1)

Cleveland Browns (100/1)

San Francisco 49ers (100/1)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (100/1)

NFL Rumors: Patriots free up millions in cap space from Antonio Brown, Aaron Hernandez grievances

NFL Rumors: Patriots free up millions in cap space from Antonio Brown, Aaron Hernandez grievances

The New England Patriots just got whole lot of financial breathing room.

The Patriots have earned a total of $6.25 million in settlements from compensation grievances involving former wide receiver Antonio Brown and ex-tight end Aaron Hernandez, ESPN's Mike Reiss and Field Yates reported Saturday.

New England now has $7.79 million in cap space, per Reiss and Yates, a huge bump from the less than $500,000 in spending money the team had earlier this week.

Brown, who spent less than two weeks with the Patriots last September, filed a grievance against the team in October 2019 following his release seeking to receive his unpaid Week 1 salary, his $1.025 million guaranteed base salary and his $9 million signing bonus.

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The Patriots will pay Brown $5 million as part of the settlement, per Reiss and Yates.

The NFL Players Association filed a grievance against the Patriots on Hernandez's behalf in October 2013 seeking over $6 million in guaranteed salary. Hernandez was arrested and later convicted for the 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd and died in prison in April 2017.

New England was up against the cap after squeezing free-agent quarterback Cam Newton in on a one-year contract and inking all of its 2020 NFL Draft picks to rookie deals. With nearly $8 million in cap space, however, the Patriots have more flexibility to bolster their roster via free agency or trade.

Our Patriots Insider Tom E. Curran suggested tight end David Njoku could be a strong fit in New England after requesting a trade from the Cleveland Browns, and there are a number of quality free agents still on the market, as well.

Patriots TE Devin Asiasi joins Cam Newton, N'Keal Harry for workouts

Patriots TE Devin Asiasi joins Cam Newton, N'Keal Harry for workouts

Twelve days ago, Cam Newton was still a free agent looking for work.

But ever since he agreed to a one-year contract with the Patriots, he's been very busy trying to get ready for the 2020 season, learning the playbook and developing chemistry with his new receivers.

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In addition to N'Keal Harry, whose workout with Newton was captured on video, rookie tight end Devin Asiasi was also catching passes from New England's new quarterback. Twitter user amirmehrtash15 took pictures with both Asiasi and Newton at the UCLA practice session and posted them in reponse to the Providence Journal's Mark Daniels.

The workout wasn't limited to Patriots, as Browns wideout Odell Beckham Jr. was also in attendance.

Newton trying to fast-track a relationship with his new teammates makes perfect sense. He set up his first practice with Mohamed Sanu on the day he signed his Patriots contract, and in less than two weeks, he's already connected with three of the guys who will be among his top receiving options in 2020.

The Patriots certainly hope all that extra work pays off, as training camps could open as soon as the end of this month once the NFL and NFLPA can finalize preseason dates.