The Green Bay Packers report for training camp on Tuesday, July 27, and with only a few days of the offseason remaining, we have our biggest rumor yet around quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
Sportsbooks have made adjustments to their Packers team and Rodgers individual odds, and some have been taking the Packers off the board entirely. SI.com Packers writer Bill Huber reported the Westgate SuperBook “recently closed all its NFC North markets, including projected wins, playoff odds, divisional odds and weekly lines for the four division teams, one oddsmaker at the sportsbook said via a Twitter direct message.”
Huber followed up stating that two other sportsbooks told him they had an expectation that Rodgers would announce his retirement before the Packers’ first practice next Wednesday.
The author noted DraftKings Sportsbook and PointsBet do not have a Packers win total posted. I can’t speak for PointsBet, but I can say that DraftKings has not had Packers win totals posted for a good two months. They posted them back in late March after the NFL announced plans for a 17-game schedule, but they came down after.
So what does this mean? Pro Football Talk talked about how sportsbooks “usually know what’s going on” and a source told them “Vegas oddsmakers tend to be pretty sharp.” While that is true, this is also a situation that seems to be in flux. You could jump on some other NFC North teams for divisional odds if you can find them, but that’s still a roll of the dice at this point. Maybe Rodgers retires or sits out the year, but that seems like the least likely result of this situation.