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NFL odds: Updated betting lines for Tom Brady's next team after Patriots exit

NFL odds: Updated betting lines for Tom Brady's next team after Patriots exit

Oddsmakers like one team above all others to land Tom Brady in NFL free agency after the veteran quarterback announced Tuesday he is leaving the New England Patriots.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have -180 odds (you'd have to bet $180 to win $100) to sign Brady in the latest betting lines at the FanDuel Sportsbook.

Next on the list of betting lines are the Los Angeles Chargers at +130, followed by the Miami Dolphins at +750. So, it's clear that oddsmakers view the pursuit of Brady as a two-horse race.

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Recent reports have indicated the Buccaneers planned to go "all in" for Brady. Tampa Bay has the ability to surround Brady with excellent wide receivers, a quality tight end and a good offensive line. Therefore, at least from an offensive perspective, the Bucs are an intriguing option for Brady.

The Chargers have needed a new quarterback since the team announced in February that longtime starter Philip Rivers was entering free agency. The Dolphins also don't have a franchise quarterback, but after reportedly spending a ton of their salary cap space Monday on defensive upgrades, it's fair to question if Brady would take his talents to South Beach. Miami's ideal route for a QB upgrade is the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft.

NFL free agency officially begins Wednesday, when Brady will become an unrestricted free agent for the first time in his 20-year career.

 

Patriots' Josh McDaniels raises notable strategy concern of games without fans

Patriots' Josh McDaniels raises notable strategy concern of games without fans

Bill Belichick isn't the only New England Patriots coach who leaves no stone unturned.

Among the many adjustments the Patriots will have to make this season, they may have to play games in empty stadiums, as the continued spread of COVID-19 could prevent fans from attending games in 2020.

New England offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels was asked Friday how a fan-less atmosphere may change how he runs the offense, and he gave a pretty revealing answer.

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"If it's quieter, I think there's some things you probably have to protect," McDaniels told reporters in a video conference. "You can't change your language. It's like, if we know English, we can't teach them Spanish before Week 1.

"I think you probably will self-scout yourself a little bit more with the television copy (of the game film), because they have the mics all over the place. So, you have to be careful (about) how much of what you're saying is easily detectable. I think it's more about protecting yourself and not giving everything away week after week."

McDaniels makes a good point: A quiet stadium without fans means teams could eavesdrop on opposing offensive coordinators to listen to their play calls, either during the game or while watching the television replay on film.

Under normal circumstances, offensive coordinators usually cover their mouths with their play sheets to prevent teams from reading their lips, but that precaution might not be enough if an in-stadium microphone picks up what they're saying anyway.

It's unclear how McDaniels and other coordinators will guard themselves against this potential subterfuge, but it's no surprise that Bill Belichick's longtime coordinator is considering all scenarios entering an unprecedented season.

Patriots acquire CB Michael Jackson in trade with Lions

Patriots acquire CB Michael Jackson in trade with Lions

The New England Patriots have added another cornerback to their depth chart.

On Sunday, they announced they've acquired Michael Jackson from the Detroit Lions for an undisclosed 2022 draft pick.


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Jackson was selected in the fifth round of the 2019 NFL Draft (158th overall) by the Dallas Cowboys out of Miami (FL). He started his rookie season on Dallas' practice squad before being signed by Detroit.

The 23-year-old played in only one game last season for the Lions.

Jackson joins a Patriots cornerback group that currently consists of Stephon Gilmore, Jonathan Jones, Joejuan Williams, Jason McCourty, J.C. Jackson, D'Angelo Ross, Justin Bethel and Myles Bryant.

UPDATE (6 p.m. ET): The Patriots are sending a conditional seventh-round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft to Detroit in exchange for Jackson, per the NFL's transaction wire.