Vegas sees surge of long-shot bets on Jets amid Deshaun Watson rumors

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The Jets were one of the worst teams in the NFL last year, and so they’re long shots to be in the playoffs in 2021. But with the Jets reportedly a contender to trade for Deshaun Watson, some bettors in Las Vegas are seeing value in putting some money on these particular long shots.

According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, large bets have been coming in on the Jets to win the AFC East, AFC and the Super Bowl. The Jets are still long shots, but as a result of those bets, the Jets have now shifted from 20-1 odds to 12-1 odds to win the AFC East. No NFL team has seen its odds move as much as the Jets.

“Maybe they know something,” William Hill sports book director Nick Bogdanovich said. “I don’t know. Maybe they think Sam Darnold will start playing better.”

A year ago, a few sharp bettors put big money on the Buccaneers at 65-1 odds to win the Super Bowl, over rumors that Tom Brady would leave New England and head to Tampa Bay. Perhaps someone betting on the Jets now will hit a similar jackpot.

42 responses to “Vegas sees surge of long-shot bets on Jets amid Deshaun Watson rumors

  1. The difference is that the year before Brady joined, the Bucs were a team that scored a boatload of points and would’ve won a lot more games if they had a QB who could avoid throwing 2 picks per game.

    Last year the Jets looked awful. Who is Watson going to throw to if he goes there…?!?

  2. One player no matter who it is doesn’t immediately turn 50 years of garbage into shiny yellow gold.

  3. No chance. Of teams most able & keen to bid raised by Fowler (ESPN) to Watson’s camp, he’s most “intrigued” in Broncos & 49ers, and specifically “eh, probably not” on Jets. Watson has a no trade clause, so Jets should look to the draft. Texans would prob prefer NFC anyway.

  4. The New York Jets should be considered the team most likely to get the services of quarterback Watson. The Miami Dolphins are mentioned but it’s just not realistic that the Dolphins and their front office will trade away their draft capital. Tua did not have quality receivers to produce anymore than he did. The last season that Tom Brady was in New England he was not successful without enough quality receivers. Houston needs a losing team, a little bit desperate to get the draft capital they want. Yes the Jets should be considered as front runners for making a deal with the Texans for the services of QB Watson.

  5. went to bed, texans weren’t even entertaining offers….woke up…jets are a contender.
    .
    its like a soap opera for men….

  6. The question I have is if Watson had been on the Jets the last few years and Darnold on the Texans, would the Jets be trying to trade away Watson this year? It’s hard to emphasize how bad Gase is at coaching QBs. Just ask Tannehill. Just getting away from Gase can turn you from a bust into a franchise QB.

    Gase should never be a head coach ever again.

  7. Watson going there would be like moving from Michigan to Wisconsin to get away from the cold.

  8. Is Watson bringing all four of his wins with him from Houston? I know his stats were amazing, but 4-12? He is clearly not a player who can lift a franchise by himself.

  9. If Deshaun goes to the Jets I give it 2 seasons before he wants out of there too. Divas will be divas.

  10. Just stop. It’s like the media is trying to will him there. Stay in Houston, we don’t want him here.

  11. I watched every play of every Jets game this (yes I am a masochist)..thanks to the last 3 GM’s the Jets have the worst personnel in the league((the Jags were better at tanking)..they need to keep acquiring draft picks only sign young free agents and maybe in 2022 they can be competitive..unfortunately the Jets are a tear down to the studs renovation Patrick Mahomes couldn’t win with this team right now

  12. britishraven says:

    February 26, 2021 at 6:30 am

    The difference is that the year before Brady joined, the Bucs were a team that scored a boatload of points and would’ve won a lot more games if they had a QB who could avoid throwing 2 picks per game.

    Last year the Jets looked awful. Who is Watson going to throw to if he goes there…?!?
    ———-
    Although yes the Jets were awful I wouldn’t say they have less weapons than the Texans. Crowder, Mims and Herndon last yr matchup somewhat favorably to Cooks, Fuller and Fells especially if you just assume a slight increase in year 2 from Mims(and of course that they keep crowder). I’d take Perine over David Johnson at this point and neither offensive line was good. This isnt to say I think the Jets will be good but to say “who will he throw to” is extremely uninformed.

  13. Let Le’veon Bell be a cautionary tale to any player “prepared” to “sit a year”.

  14. Watson wouldn’t show up alone in New York he would bring Fuller and Robinson with him. Take Travis from Clemson with your 2nd round pick or the pen state te now you have an offense

  15. hazydavey says:

    February 26, 2021 at 8:05 am

    Is Watson bringing all four of his wins with him from Houston? I know his stats were amazing, but 4-12? He is clearly not a player who can lift a franchise by himself.
    ——-
    Talk about recency bias since the previous 2 seasons they went 10-5 and 11-5 in his starts but let’s not let actual stats get in the way. If were going to say 1 losing season means a player cant lift a franchise then the same can be said about nearly every qb with multiple years starting except for Brady.

  16. If I’m the backup QB in Houston right now, I’m back to work effective immediately to show management we can play without.

  17. Lets say they did get Watson… he playing HB? WR? OL? DL? LB? no? Then the Jets still go 3-13 lol

  18. If you are the Texans you aren’t giving up Watson unless you get a TON of great draft picks.

    The Jets STINK (2-14) and if they give up a ton of draft picks and get Watson how are they going to improve much during the next few years?
    They can improve but not that much.
    It will only pay off after 2-3 years, then they can spend another couple of years on a rebuild, so thats a 4 year time horizon.
    Thats crazy in NFL terms. And Watson can leave at that point.

    I don’t see how it makes sense for the Jets and Texans to make a Watson trade for TON of draft capitol.

  19. The Jets have too many holes to fill, they need picks now and in the future to build something. Giving up a ton of draft capital for Watson makes no sense. What’s he gonna do with a bad team with no future cheap top talent?

    If people think any QB is capable of “making those around him better” with the Jets to the point that the whole franchise is turned around, that’s just magical thinking.

  20. One thing that’s been apparent since the Super Bowl is how much leadership and confidence Brady instilled in the Bucs. Guys like Chris Godwin and Mike Evans and LaVonte David and others all talked about it and how it helped push them to the next level. Can’t say I’m sure Watson brings that to the table. Not to mention, players wanted to go to Tampa and play with Brady. Are players going to wherever Watson is because of him? Also, all the Jets or whomever gives up to get Watson and his contract is going to have a tougher time putting prices around him to succeed.

  21. Doesn’t matter where he goes. That team will be doomed with a stat filled pro bowl QB. Eligible for the pro bowl because he will never see the playoffs. 5 win QB without an enormous amount of help.

  22. Bets for what? Deshaun has been the starter in Houston with a better roster than the Jets and they have 1 playoff win in 4 years.

  23. Browns fan here. The Jets now have a decent head coach in Robert Selah. That being said, it would be quite foolish to trade away a ton of draft assets to land someone like Watson. Why would Watson go to a team to simply run for his life, mostly lose, and likely get injured to boot? The Jets have TONS of holes to fill and that’s where all those draft assets come in to play. Additionally, they still have Sam Darnold under contract, so why not build up the team around him and see what he can do with an improved team around him. Yes his numbers mostly STINK, but the question is how much of that is Darnold’s fault? Maybe with an improved team around him Darnold can live up to his lofty draft status. With Saleh at head coach and BUILDING THROUGH THE DRAFT the Jets can become contenders in two or three years.

  24. rolli1967 says:
    The Jets now have a decent head coach in Robert Selah.
    ==

    You have no idea whether the Jets have a “decent head coach in Robert Selah,” and neither do I nor anyone else.
    I’m not saying or even suggesting Selah won’t be decent, or maybe good, or perhaps even great. But he’s never been a head coach before, therefore NOBODY really knows how good, mediocre or bad he will be.
    I wouldn’t be at all surprised if Selah succeeds in a place so many others have failed. But if he does fail, he certainly wouldn’t be the first highly-hyped offensive or defensive coordinator who looks the part and says all the right things, only to find out there’s a LOT more to being a head coach than coordinating one side of the ball.
    We’ll get our answers soon enough.

  25. The Jets are bad, but I think a good coach can take any team and get to 7-9. With an elite QB, your can get to 9 or 10 wins without a ton of other talent.

  26. To all of the tough guys saying the Texans should play hardball and make Watson sit, why do you assume he won’t come to camp?

    He could come, be a big distraction, claim “injury,” play terrible on purpose, be a general malcontent, etc. If if he did sit out, how would that not be an enormous distraction? How, exactly, does either scenario make your team better. Face it, you cannot force anyone to play and play well for you if that person doesn’t want to. You can’t even force him to sit out a year as long as he’s not violating any rule.

    If Watson has definitely decided he doesn’t want to play for the Texans, then they really have little choice but to trade him. They cannot force him to hold out or play well. All they have right now is an asset. One that gets less valuable as the draft gets closer.

  27. 33yy says:
    (Deshaun Watson) could come, be a big distraction, claim “injury,” play terrible on purpose, be a general malcontent, etc.
    ==

    Yes, he could,
    But if I were a GM of another team I would be already be leery of taking on a guy that just signed a huge contract only months earlier when he already knew the team was a mess.
    If Watson then openly dogged it and pretended to be hurt, I wouldn’t tough him with a 100-foot pole — especially for the money he’s making and the control he seems to want. What kind of message would it send to the rest of your team to go to battle behind a so-called leader like that?
    In other words, such a disgusting, transparent and dishonest move would hurt Watson’s reputation and likely backfire, sabotaging his chances of getting out of town. He’d be stuck in Houston for four additional years, with no future and a bad legacy.

  28. Maybe it’s because the Jets have four 1st round picks over the next two years? That’s the most in the league

  29. Just no. Not one top tier QB in the league would allow themselves to be traded to the Jets. Sorry NY.

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