Most Steelers fans and draft analysts were pleased with the team’ haul during the 2019 NFL Draft, particularly with the move to trade up in the first round and select Michigan linebacker Devin Bush with the No. 10 overall pick.
But the bookmakers seem less impressed.
According to odds released on Monday by BetOnlie.ag, the Steelers have 25/1 odds to win Super Bowl LIV in 2020 — the exact same figure that the team had in late March.
The odds-on favorite to win the Lombardi Trophy is New England at 8/1, which has also not changed since before the draft.
The Los Angeles Rams’ odds shortened from 10/1 to 9/1 to put them alone in the second spot. Kansas City and New Orleans both had odds lengthen to 10/1.
Cleveland is unchanged at 14/1 and is joined there by the Los Angeles Chargers and Philadelphia Eagles, which were both previously at 16/1. The Chicago moved from 14/1 to 16/1, where they joined the static Indianapolis Colts.
The Steelers are in a large group at 25/1 that also contains Dallas, Green Bay, Houston, Minnesota and San Francisco.
The full NFL futures odds are available at BetOnline.ag
Roethlisberger, Gronkowski Co-Favorites to Win Comeback Player of the Year
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Rob Gronkowski are co-favorites to win NFL Comeback Player of the Year at +400.
Roethlisberger played just two games in 2019 before suffering a season-ending elbow injury against the Seattle Seahawks.
Entering his 17th season, Roethlisberger should be primed for success this season with the help of a reloaded receiving core that added former Indianapolis Colts tight end Eric Ebron and Notre Dame-product Chase Claypool at wideout.
Roethlisberger would be the second Steelers quarterback to take home the hardware. Tommy Maddox was awarded the honor back in 2002.
Gronkowski is not returning from an injury, but the former All-Pro tight end is making a comeback all the same.
Gronkowski ended his retirement after just one season to reunite with quarterback Tom Brady in Tampa Bay. One of the biggest mismatches in NFL history, Gronkowski’s 79 touchdown catches are tied for the third-most ever by a tight end.
If he were to win, Gronkowski would join quarterback Chad Pennington as the only other player to win Comeback Player of the Year twice. He won it previously in 2014.
Texans defensive lineman J.J. Watt has the next best odds at +600.
The best odds in the division behind Roethlisberger belong to Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green at +1000, fourth-best overall.
Steelers Among Favorites to be Cam Netwon’s Next Team
Odds have been released for what team former first-overall pick and Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton will play for next, courtesy of BetOnline.ag.
Pittsburgh has the fourth-best odds to be Newton’s next home at 11/2.
While Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert said Wednesday that the team has no plans of signing a veteran quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger is 38 years old and coming off a major elbow injury.
The three-time Pro Bowler would be an upgrade over the team’s current backup quarterbacks Mason Rudolph and Devlin “Duck” Hodges, who combined to lead the second-worst passing offense in the league last season.
The New England Patriots — now without quarterback Tom Brady for the first time in 20 years — are the favorites to sign Newton at 3/2. They’re followed by the Redskins and Jaguars who make up the top three.
Spending his first nine years in Charlotte, Newton won an MVP and led the Panthers to the Super Bowl in 2015, before the organization decided to go in a different direction after an injury-riddled season last year.
Newton has thrown for 29,041 yards and 182 touchdown with 108 interceptions over his career. His 58 rushing touchdowns are the most by a quarterback in NFL history.
Odds Released for Offensive Rookie of the Year
Odds have been released for NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year, including for new Steelers wide receiver Chase Claypool, courtesy of BetOnline.ag.
Claypool is 40/1 to win the award this upcoming season after being selected in the second round by Pittsburgh in the 2020 NFL Draft. He has the eleventh-best odds out of all rookie wide receivers.
The Notre Dame product will be expected to contribute immediately for the Steelers next season. At 6-foot-4, 229 lbs, he should serve as a reliable big play weapon and red zone target for returning quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.
Claypool shined during his senior season in South Bend, catching 66 passes for 1,037 yards and 13 touchdowns. His production, coupled with his impressive stature, led to the Steelers selecting him No. 49 overall.
Claypool also has the fourth-best odds amongst AFC North rookies.
No. 1 overall pick Joe Burrow has the best odds to take home Rookie of the Year honors at 5/2.
His Cincinnati teammate and former Clemson wide receiver Tee Higgins is 22/1.
Former Ohio State running back and Baltimore Ravens second round pick JK Dobbins is listed at 16/1, fourth-best at his position.