Tom Brady was listed as a heavy -300 favorite to return to New England next season the last time the proposition wager was offered.
Things have taken a turn today, however, after ESPN’s Jeff Darlington reported that Brady is “currently operating under the belief that he will enter free agency to play somewhere other than New England next season.”
The veteran quarterback has reportedly shared that feeling with others, according to Darlington’s sources.
“While Brady has his eyes very clearly on free agency, there is still a belief in his circles that the Patriots will have their opportunity to convince Brady to stay,” ESPN’s report said. “But at this point, Brady is evaluating the NFL landscape with the intention of departing, sources said.”
BetOnline released updated odds on Thursday for Brady’s next team. He is now listed at -120 odds to be on the Patriots roster in Week 1 of 2020 (and -120 to be on a different roster).
After New England’s home loss to Tennessee in the playoffs, Brady was listed as a +550 ‘chalk’ to end up in Cleveland if he did not return to New England. The Browns are now listed as 20/1 longshots to land the veteran.
He is a +175 ‘chalk’ to go to Las Vegas if he is not with the Patriots. The Raiders were +600 when the prop was first opened in January.
Indianapolis is another possible destination for the six-time Super Bowl winner. The Colts have +200 odds, which is a major change from their +800 price in January.
The Los Angeles Chargers, who have parted ways with Philip Rivers, seem to be the only other real team in the conversation. They are +300 to snag Brady and were +600 when the prop opened last month.
Brady is not allowed to enter negotiations with other teams until the NFL’s legal tampering period opens in mid-March. A meeting between Brady and Bill Belichick has not been scheduled, according to ESPN.
He has played 20 seasons with New England — the most ever with a single team by a quarterback. The Patriots have been to the Super Bowl nine times during that span.