The NCAA Tournament Selection Show had its spotlight stolen by Tom Brady on Sunday night.
Brady, who retired from the NFL 40 days ago, announced that he will be returning for another season. The seven-time Super Bowl champion led the Buccaneers to a Super Bowl title two seasons ago and an NFC South title last year.
“These past two months I’ve realized my place is still on the field and not in the stands,” Brady said in a tweet. “That time will come. But it’s not now. I love my teammates, and I love my supportive family. They make it all possible. I’m coming back for my 23rd season in Tampa.”
The 44-year-old led the NFL in passing yards (5,316), passing touchdowns (43), completions (485) and attempts (719) in 2021. Tampa Bay came up short in a loss to the Rams in the divisional round of the playoffs.
There have already been several large adjustments in the NFL betting market over the past week, as Denver traded for Russell Wilson and Aaron Rodgers announced his return to Green Bay. Sunday’s announcement from Brady has created another offseason ripple.
Tampa Bay was listed as a 33-1 long shot to win this season’s Super Bowl last week, but sportsbooks have quickly adjusted that number. The Buccaneers are now sitting at +800 at DraftKings, which puts them near the top of the market. Buffalo is a +700 ‘chalk,’ while Kansas City is +750 and Green Bay is +800.
The NFC South odds have changed too, with Tampa Bay now listed as the -200 favorite. The Buccaneers were priced at -105 heading into the offseason, so they moved nearly 100 cents following Sunday’s news.
DraftKings has released several Brady-specific props for the upcoming season. His over-under for passing touchdowns in the regular season has been set at 35.5, while his passing yards total is 4,699.5. He threw 40 touchdowns in 2020, but he had not thrown 36-plus touchdowns in the previous four seasons.
There are odds for who will catch Brady’s first touchdown pass of the regular season as well. Mike Evans is the +225 favorite, while Chris Godwin is +350. Tight end Rob Gronkowksi is also +350, but he could be in a different uniform this season.
Brady’s return has also impacted the MVP betting market. Offshore sportsbook BetOnline has Buffalo quarterback Josh Allen priced as the +750 ‘chalk,’ but Brady is right behind him at +900. Deshaun Watson, Joe Burrow and Patrick Mahomes are all listed at 10/1.
Watson was added to the list after the outcome of his latest court appearance. He could wind up getting suspended for several games and he could be traded before the season begins, but sportsbooks are forced to protect their exposure with a player as talented as Watson.