There are currently close to 3,000 players at training camps around the country, 1,700 of which will remain on active rosters. Young talents from recent draft classes will be among them, but also established veterans who have filled out All-Pro and Pro Bowl rosters in recent years.
Yet according to oddsmakers, none of those players has a better chance to be named the 2018 NFL MVP than Thomas Edward Patrick Brady Jr.
Covers.com shared Bet365’s odds for 2018 NFL MVP on Monday, and Brady’s name was at the top, with +400 odds.
Right next to Brady is Aaron Rodgers with +500, followed by Carson Wentz (+800), Drew Brees (+1200), Jimmy Garoppolo (+1600), Russell Wilson (+1600), Cam Newton (+1800) and Matt Ryan (+1800). Todd Gurley (+2500), Ezekiel Elliott (+2500) and Le’Veon Bell (+2500) have the best odds among non-quarterbacks.
At age 40, Tom Brady has three MVP seasons of his Hall of Fame career behind him. He led the NFL with 4,577 passing yards, while completing 66.3 percent of his passes and throwing 32 touchdowns and just eight interceptions. In three postseason games, he completed 64.0 percent of his passes for 1,132 yards, eight touchdowns and zero interceptions.
Given all this, Brady is the obvious choice as the MVP favorite in 2018, but it’s an interesting competition. In that group of six quarterbacks trailing Brady in the MVP odds, only Brees (39) is close to Brady in age. Rodgers is 34, Ryan is 33, and the other four QBs are all in their 20s.
Recently, there have been talks about the Patriots’ quarterback that included questioning of his commitment after he skipped voluntary OTAs, and the MVP odds are a worthy reminder of Brady’s efforts to continue to rewrite the book of how an over-40 quarterback should perform in the NFL.