It did not take all that long for some US sportsbooks to release NFL prop bet odds covering both Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers.
These veteran quarterbacks have made a permanent impression in the NFL throughout their illustrious playing careers. Both players are sure-fire, first-ballot inductees to the league’s Hall of Fame.
However, their unexpected early exit from this year’s NFL playoffs has raised major speculation over their future plans.Jump to
Tom Brady’s Planned Retirement
Tom Brady spent the last two NFL seasons as the starting quarterback of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. This followed the first 20 years of his NFL career with the New England Patriots. He signed with Tampa Bay ahead of the 2020 season and promptly led the team to a Super Bowl title.
At the advanced age of 44, Brady came back this season in an effort to help his team defend that title. Instead, Tampa Bay exited the playoffs in the Divisional Round with a last-second upset at the hands of the Los Angeles Rams.
Following that loss, the immediate attention turned towards his future plans. The NFL futures odds were set at -400 that he would be back to play out the final year of his contact with Tampa Bay and remain the team’s starter for the 2022 season.
From a pure probability standpoint, those odds suggested that there was an 80% chance that Brady will play at least one more season before finally hanging up his NFL cleats and calling it a career.
The suspense surrounding his future plans did not last all that long with the recent speculation that he will retire from the NFL after 22 seasons and seven Super Bowl titles.
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Aaron Rodgers NFL Futures
As the starting quarterback for the Green Bay Packers his entire NFL career, it was a given that Aaron Rodgers would retire as a member of this team.
That all changed last offseason when Rodgers eluded to the fact that he was open to a possible trade. After all the smoke cleared, Rodgers went on to lead the Packers to the top seed in the NFC for this season’s playoffs
As clear favorites to make it to the Super Bowl, the Packers came up just short against the San Francisco 49ers in a stunning Divisional Round loss.
The betting odds on his NFL future do not favor retirement. In fact, they heavily favor a return next season at -2500 odds. The big question on NFL bettor’s minds is where he will be playing football.
The odds that Rodgers is the Week 1 starter for Green Bay in 2022 are set at +175. The betting odds that he will be starting for a different NFL team are set at -260. That heavily implies that Rodgers and Green Bay will part ways this offseason.
Interestingly enough, the Denver Broncos top the list at +300 odds in a betting prop that does not include Green Bay. Is it possible that Rodgers follows in the footsteps of another NFL great Peyton Manning?
This Hall of Fame quarterback played the first 14 years of his NFL career for the Indianapolis Colts. Manning went on to play four more seasons with the Broncos before retiring in 2015.