Positive NFL Offseason Transactions Could Lift Contenders
Okay BetUS NFL sports betting fanatics, with the start of the 2009 NFL wagering season drawing closer by the day, this look at which NFL teams helped themselves out the most during the annual free agent signing period, will give NFL sports betting enthusiasts everywhere the inside knowledge they will need in order to make a multitude of bankroll boosting wagers each and every Sunday of the upcoming 2009 NFL preseason, regular season and postseason.
Several of the teams on this list helped themselves in a big way with one or more free agent signings while others may have signed a lesser amount of players but ones that will undoubtedly make an impact in their new places of employment.
With NFL preseason camps set to open in just a few weeks, let me get started.
New England Patriots
RB Fred Taylor
WR Joey Galloway
WR Greg Lewis
TE Chris Baker
TE Alex Smith
CB Shawn Springs
Analysis: Say what you like about the New England Patriots, (11-5 SU, 9-7 ATS, 8-7-1 O/U in 2008) but they’ve been maddeningly consistent over the years, posting a stellar 11-5 record even after losing starting quarterback Tom Brady in the first game of the 2008 regular season.
Now, if Brady can come back healthy, New England is set to make another run at a Super Bowl title by making the best offseason free agent signings of any team in the league.
New England added Hall of Fame-bound running back Fred Taylor to help shore up its mediocre rushing attack while also adding veteran wide receivers Joey Galloway and Greg Lewis and tight ends Chris Baker and Alex Smith, not to mention veteran cornerback Shawn Springs.
While many football pundits may think most of these players are on the respective last legs, I say the Pats made some excellent free agent additions that could lead to a Super Bowl title either in 2009 or 2010. The Patriots are +600 to win Super Bowl XLIV in the BetUS Sportsbook.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
TE Kellen Winslow
RB Derrick Ward
QB Byron Leftwich
Analysis: The Buccaneers (9-7 SU, 8-8 ATS, 8-8 O/U in 2008) are getting a top-flight tight end in Kellen Winslow and one that could reach Pro Bowl status immediately with his new change of scenery should first-year head coach Raheem Morris figure out how to use the fleet-footed tight end properly.
I also love Tampa Bay’s addition of former New York Giants running back Derrick Ward, a runner I think has 1,200 yards written all over his 2009 season if the Bucs use him early and often.
Finally, I think the addition of veteran quarterback Byron Leftwich could turn out to be a stroke of genius, (although I admit I never would have parted ways with Jeff Garcia) following a positive season as the backup QB for the Super Bowl-champion Pittsburgh Steelers. The Buccaneers are +4000 to win Super Bowl XLIV in the BetUS Sportsbook.
Analysis: The Falcons (11-5 SU, 9-7 ATS, 7-9 O/U in 2008) pulled off a move that I thought was an absolute stroke of genius by adding future Hall of Fame tight end to their explosive offense which features the best young quarterback in the game in my estimation in second-year signal caller Matt Ryan.