Cam Newton is now a member of the New England Patriots. This news was somehow both incredibly predictable, and still genuinely shocking to read. And while he hasn't even been named to the team's full-time starter yet, it seems the oddsmakers are really excited about Newton's future in New England.
In fact, Newton now has better odds to win the 2020-21 NFL MVP award than stars like Philip Rivers, Jimmy Garoppolo and Ben Roethlisberger, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
Newton is currently listed at +3200 to take home his second MVP, giving him the 12th-best odds in the entire league. This marks a pretty drastic shift, as he was listed at +6500 midway through the offseason.
It will certainly be exciting to see what Newton can do in Josh McDaniels' system, though it's worth noting that he's joined by the same skill-position group that seemed to give Tom Brady so much trouble last season.
Aside from Julian Edelman, the Patriots still don't have many proven pass-catchers on the roster. That may be just fine for Newton, though. In his 2015 MVP campaign he didn't have a single wide receiver tally more than 740 receiving yards, as tight end Greg Olsen was the only player to even break 1,000 yards.
At the end of the day, Newton should still be considered a dark horse to actually win the award. Again, he hasn't even officially beaten out Jarrett Stidham yet, though all conventional wisdom suggests he will.
But the odds for his inaugural season in New England certainly point to a strong 2020 campaign from the former league MVP.
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