Free Agents can Help Improve New Teams’ NFL Winning Odds
Posted by: Mike Davis
The NFL training mini-camps are over and several teams which have made new additions – whether through free agency or trade – have already started to get their money’s worth with new players that could help improve their football betting odds.
Tashaun Gipson (Jaguars). The Jags signed Gipson to a 5-year $36 million contract on the strength of his 22 passes defended, 14 interceptions and two defensive touchdowns in 50 games with the Cleveland Browns. The former undrafted free agent could significantly improve Jacksonville’s defense and share his expertise with other newer, younger players such as Jalen Ramsey and Myles Jack.
Ladarius Green (Steelers). Pittsburgh signed Green to a four-year, $20 million contract, mostly on what he can do instead of what he has done (namely, 1,100 receiving yards in four years with the San Diego Chargers). Though not quite there yet physically as he is still recovering from ankle surgery, Green has nonetheless wowed QB Ben Roethlisberger with his mind for the game and his communications skills.
Coby Fleener (Saints). New Orleans signed Fleener to a $36 million, 5-year contract, and he has already become a favorite of QB Drew Brees. Brees is known for making starts out of the likes of Jimmy Graham and Benjamin Watson, and Fleener could be the next big thing provided that Brees is healthy and under center.
DeMarco Murray (Titans). The running back was traded by the Eagles following a mediocre season last year. A stint with the Titans could be his chance to start afresh, at the very least, in mentoring role for young guns like Derrick Henry and Marcus Mariota. And anyway Murray only cost Tennessee a 4th round pick.
Nick Fairley (Saints). Fairley’s tackling prowess can make a huge difference in New Orleans’ defense – which allowed more points per game than any other team in the league – and change how people who bet on NFL look at the spread for Saints games.