New England Patriot die-hards are still reeling from Tom Brady’s announced exit. It’s been likened to Michael Jordan’s departure from the Chicago Bulls. Many critics think it’s the end of one of America’s greatest sporting dynasties. Belichick now faces the difficult task of proving he can do it without Brady. However, this will be hard considering that the quarterback was the only common denominator in the Patriots 9 super bowl appearances.
Some Good News
The patriots received four compensatory picks for the 2020 Draft. This means they have 12 selections that might help find a suitable replacement for Brady. If that’s even possible! It also compensates them for a six-pack of losses that saw them crash out of the wildcard playoffs.
However, Mohamed Sanu’s midseason tradeoff ensures they don’t get a second pick. They still get three picks in the 3rd round and 4 in the 6th round. They can pick from 6 different teams, but the patriots rarely get any of their original picks and depend on compensatory picks. We’ll have to wait and to see if they’ll make any hot acquisitions as the season progresses.
Some odd makers responded positively to Brady’s exit. They raised the Patriot’s odds in the wake of the Las Vegas draft. Circa Sportsbooks increased the odds to 25:1 from the initial 14:1. Initially, Westgate placed the odds at 14:1 then at 20:1. However, Westgate’s odds now stand at 30:1 because of Brady’s exit.
Bookmakers also speculate that New England might tank this season’s campaign and get the number 1 draft pick next season. Where they will snag Trevor Lawrence from Clemson, but they are too talented to tank. They have, after all, gone from 12-4 to cap the season with ten consecutive wins. Fans are also hoping Jarrett Stidham and Cody Kessler will pick up the slack.