NFL MVP Odds Improve for Multiple Veteran Quarterbacks Following Andrew Luck's Retirement

Zach Brunner
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The NFL world was rocked by the abrupt retirement of Indianapolis Colts star quarterback Andrew Luck this weekend. While it's obvious how that alters the direction of the Colts organization, such a big announcement has ripple effects throughout the league. And that includes the odds to win NFL MVP, as a number of veteran QBs saw a vast improvement in their chances to win.

Reigning MVP Patrick Mahomes remains the favorite to repeat with +500 odds, according to FanDuel Sportsbook. After a 50-touchdown, 5,097-yard season, many are expecting Mahomes to regress, but he was so much better than everyone else last season that he's still the leader in the clubhouse heading into 2019.

Perennial MVP candidates Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees and Tom Brady round out the top four and have seen their odds increase over the past week, seemingly due to Luck no longer being in the MVP race. Rodgers has seen his odds improve to +950 while Brees and Brady both went from +1200 to their current +1100 odds on FanDuel Sportsbook.

Another notable QB option that hasn't moved recently is Carson Wentz, who remains at +1400, tied with Browns QB Baker Mayfield. The Eagles QB, however, was the most popular bet on FanDuel Sportsbook for the MVP award with Luck garnering the second-most bets prior to his retirement.

These odds will surely move throughout the 2019 NFL season, but with these six QBs all leading what are expected to be some of the top teams in the league, it's likely that we see their names remain toward the top of the odds this year.

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