Tom Brady is on his way back to Tampa Bay, and the Buccaneers are trending up on Super Bowl oddsboards.
At DraftKings on Friday, as the betting market had settled after last week’s Aaron Rodgers and Russell Wilson news, Tampa Bay was +2500, but the Bucs’ odds to win Super Bowl 57 have been shortened to +800. That ties Tampa as the third betting favorite with Green Bay. Buffalo (+700) and Kansas City (+750) remain the frontrunners to win lift the Lombardi Trophy in Glendale next February.
There was similar movement across the sports betting industry. At FanDuel, the Bucs jumped from +2500 to +750. BetMGM was dealing Tampa Bay at +850 Monday morning, adjusted from +2500 on Friday. The Westgate SuperBook went from +1600 on the Bucs to +1000.
Circa Sports tightened the Bucs’ Super Bowl price on Sunday night from +2000 to +700, and from +900 to +350 to win the NFC. The Las Vegas shop has since loosened those odds a bit, to +800 and +375, respectively.
Is Brady coming back to Tampa?
>> What’s that doing for our odds?
+350 on conf
>> What were the bucs prior
>>> 20/1 and 9/1 conf
— Circa Sports texts (@CSTextMessages) March 14, 2022
Short Retirement, Short Odds
Brady, who announced his retirement Feb. 1, returns in an attempt to win a record eighth Super Bowl title. Brady’s retirement lasted 40 days. He led the NFL in passing yards (5,613), TDs (43), and completions (485) last season.
At 44, Brady has more Super Bowl wins (seven), passing yards (84,520), and passing TDs (624) than any quarterback in NFL history.
“Tom Brady loves to play football as much as anyone I have ever been around,” Bucs head coach Bruce Arians said in a statement. “As Tom said, his place right now is on the football field. He is still playing at a championship level and was as productive as anyone in the league last season. We are ecstatic that he decided to continue playing and working toward winning another championship.”
Tampa Bay General Manager Jason Licht echoed those sentiments.
“Tom is the greatest quarterback of all time who is still playing at an elite level,” Licht said. “With this decision now made, we will continue to move forward with our offseason plans to reload this roster for another championship run.”
The Bucs will have WR Chris Godwin back after using the franchise tag on him last week. But RB Leonard Fournette and TE Rob Gronkowski are among the players who could be lost in free agency.
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