New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) looks to throw in the first half. The Giants defeat the Eagles, 13-7, at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, Nov. 28, 2021, in East Rutherford.

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Daniel Jones confident he’s Giants’ ’22 QB; oddsmakers less so

Although Daniel Jones maintains unwavering support from his head coach, his future as the New York Giants’ starting quarterback remains a hot topic of debate as the offseason nears.

The Giants enter Week 16 with a 4-10 record, and Jones won’t play again this season because of a sprained neck. He hasn’t played since Nov. 28, cutting his season to 11 games. The No. 6 overall draft pick in 2019 missed three games as a rookie and two last season.

Jones will be entering the final year of his rookie contract, but there has been plenty of speculation that the Giants might pursue a veteran during the offseason.

Oddsmakers at have put +150 odds that the Giants’ Week 1 starting quarterback next season will be acquired via trade and +175 odds that it will be a player signed in free agency. That’s compared to +200 odds that Jones will be under center when the 2022 season begins.

Giants 2022 Week 1 QB Odds
–QB Acquired Via Trade: +150
–Free Agent Signing: +175
–Daniel Jones +200
–Jake Fromm +300
–Draft Pick +500

Giants coach Joe Judge has continued to support Jones publicly, including when asked about the quarterback’s future after Jones was placed on injured reserve Monday.

“I’ve seen enough growth from Daniel to tell us that he’s a guy we want to go ahead and play with,” Judge said. “I don’t think there’s much more Daniel could have done than what he was already doing.

“My expectation for him is to continue on the path he’s on of helping his teammates to stay mentally engaged and keep preparing. He’s done such a phenomenal job for us already. My expectation is just for him to continue doing what he’s been doing.”

Jones will finish this season with a career-best 64.3 completion percentage, throwing for 2,428 yards and 10 touchdowns against seven interceptions. He added 298 yards and two touchdowns on the ground.

“There’s things (Judge) expects me to improve on going forward,” Jones said Wednesday. “I understand that and obviously take that very seriously. That’s kind of my approach.”

Jones has another strong supporter in running back Saquon Barkley, whose own future with the team is a topic of some debate as he’ll enter the fifth and final year of his rookie deal in 2022.

“That’s my dog, one of my best friends,” Barkley said Thursday. “I know how special he is, and I know how special he’s going to be.

“I just don’t know where the conversation comes up from whether he’s going to be this or that. We just got to focus on coming to work every single day, getting better every single day and that’s all you can ask from a player, that’s all you can ask from a teammate.

“And Daniel Jones is that every single day.”

–Field Level Media

Dec 12, 2021; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA;  A Chicago Bears fans shows his displeasure with the head coach Matt Nagy (not pictured) during the game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Matt Nagy still favored to be fired before Urban Meyer

Despite another turbulent week in Jacksonville, Urban Meyer is not the favorite to be the first NFL head coach fired this season.

That honor belongs to Matt Nagy after Chicago let a halftime lead slip away in a 15-point loss against Green Bay on Sunday night. That dropped the Bears to 4-9 on the season, and Nagy is being offered at -150 by to be the first coach fired.

Meyer strongly refuted reports over the weekend that he has “lost” the Jaguars’ locker room after run-ins with players and coaches. With the Jaguars 2-11 after a shutout loss to Tennessee on Sunday, Meyer is being offered at +175.

He also came under fire earlier this season after remaining in Ohio instead of flying home with the team following a Week 4 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. Viral videos captured Meyer at a bar with a young woman dancing close to his lap.

Thus far, Jaguars owner Shad Khan has continued to stand by Meyer, who is in his first season as an NFL coach after successful college stints at Utah, Florida and Ohio State.

The next shortest odds belong to the New York Giants’ Joe Judge at +450 and the Carolina Panthers’ Matt Rhule at +600. The 4-9 Giants are in last place in the NFC East, while the 5-8 Panthers currently occupy the basement in the NFC South.

Jacksonville has officially been eliminated from playoff contention. So, too, have the 1-11-1 Detroit Lions, 2-11 Houston Texans and 3-10 New York Jets, who each have a first-year head coach as well.

–Field Level Media

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Jacob Eason (9), with Sam Ehlinger (4), and Jalen Morton, throws at Grand Park in Westfield on Monday, August 2, 2021, on the second week of workouts of this summer's Colts training camp. Head Coach Frank Reich reappeared at practice after being away for ten days after a COVID-19 positive test.

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Jacob Eason favored in tightest Week 1 starting QB odds

The Indianapolis Colts might be kicking the tires on available veteran quarterbacks, but second-year pro Jacob Eason is favored to start Week 1 under center.

With Carson Wentz recovering from Monday foot surgery, Eason has been installed as the -125 favorite by to start for the Colts in Week 1 against the Seattle Seahawks.

The next-shortest odds belong to Nick Foles (+300). Foles is currently third on the Chicago Bears’ depth chart but many believe a reunion with Colts coach Frank Reich is in the cards. Reich was Philadelphia’s offensive coordinator when Foles replaced an injured Wentz and led the Eagles to victory in Super Bowl LII.

Recently signed veteran Brett Hundley and rookie Sam Ehlinger are next in the market for The sportsbook is also offering odds on the Colts making a big splash on a number of veteran quarterbacks — or even luring Philip Rivers out of retirement.

Colts starting QB in Week 1:
Jacob Eason -125
Nick Foles +300
Brett Hundley +500
Sam Ehlinger +550
Marcus Mariota +600
Philip Rivers +1000
Jimmy Garoppolo +1200
Cam Newton +1200 is also offering odds on a half dozen other quarterback competitions. The next-closest battle is in Denver, where incumbent Drew Lock is a -175 favorite to start Week 1 over offseason acquisition Teddy Bridgewater (+135).

Texans starting QB in Week 1
Tyrod Taylor -500
Davis Mills +300
Deshaun Watson +700

Broncos starting QB in Week 1
Drew Lock -175
Teddy Bridgewater +135

Saints starting QB in Week 1
Jameis Winston -250
Taysom Hill +170

Patriots starting QB in Week 1
Cam Newton -350
Mac Jones +225

49ers starting QB in Week 1
Jimmy Garoppolo -1000
Trey Lance +550

Bears starting QB in Week 1
Andy Dalton -1200
Justin Fields +600

Sticking with the quarterback theme, is also offering markets on whether several quarterbacks will be starting for their current teams next season.

Will Aaron Rodgers be Packers starting QB in Week 1 of 2022 season?
Yes +250
No -400

Will Jalen Hurts be Eagles starting QB in Week 1 of 2022 season?
Yes +100
No -140

Will Daniel Jones be Giants starting QB in Week 1 of 2022 season?
Yes -175
No +135

Will Tua Tagovailoa be Dolphins starting QB in Week 1 of 2022 season?
Yes -130
No -110

Will Derek Carr be Raiders starting QB in Week 1 of 2022 season?
Yes -140
No +100

Will Tom Brady retire after this season?
Yes +600
No -1500

Will Ben Roethlisberger retire after this season?
Yes -500
No +300

Beyond the quarterback questions, markets are also available on several marquee figures across the NFL.

Will Bill Belichick be Patriots head coach in Week 1 of 2022 season?
Yes -400
No +250

Will Larry Fitzgerald play in the NFL this season?
Yes -175
No +135

Will Colin Kaepernick play in the NFL this season?
Yes +1200
No -5000

Will Todd Gurley play in the NFL this season?
Yes -200
No +150

–Field Level Media

Jan 3, 2021; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) passes the ball during the first quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Matthew Stafford’s next team? Colts lead deep pack

With Matthew Stafford and the Detroit Lions heading for a parting of the ways after 12 years, he becomes the first of what could be the deepest pool of available veteran quarterbacks in recent memory.

Detroit hasn’t officially put the soon-to-be 33-year-old on the trade block, but the sides have reportedly agreed the time has come for Stafford to move on. He could soon be joined by Deshaun Watson, who reportedly wants out of Houston.

There are at least two playoff teams who will be in the market for a veteran quarterback this offseason, and potentially more.

The market for Stafford begins with Indianapolis, which lost to Buffalo in the wild-card round of the playoffs. Philip Rivers announced his retirement last week and backup Jacoby Brissett is a pending free agent.

The Colts are being offered as the +300 favorite to land Stafford by Next is the San Francisco 49ers (+350), who may move on from oft-injured Jimmy Garoppolo this offseason.

The Denver Broncos (+400) have not committed to Drew Lock, who regressed in areas in 2020 after showing intriguing potential as a rookie.

The Washington Football Team won the woeful NFC East and has a talented young roster at many positions other than quarterback. With 2019 first-round pick Dwayne Haskins released and the future of 36-year-old Alex Smith uncertain, the addition of Stafford could make the WFT (+450) a legitimate NFC contender next season.

The list of potential destinations for Stafford doesn’t stop there – New England, the Los Angeles Rams and New Orleans Saints are just three more of several playoff-worthy rosters which could be a change at QB away from taking the “next step.” is offering odds on all 31 potential NFL destinations.

Matthew Stafford next team odds:
Indianapolis Colts (+300)
San Francisco 49ers (+350)
Denver Broncos (+400)
Washington Football Team (+450)
Carolina Panthers (+700)
New England Patriots (+800)
Las Vegas Raiders (+1000)
Los Angeles Rams (+1100)
Houston Texans (+1200)
Dallas Cowboys (+1400)
New Orleans Saints (+1400)
Atlanta Falcons (+1600)
New York Jets (+1800)
Philadelphia Eagles (+1800)
Green Bay Packers (+2000)
Jacksonville Jaguars (+2000)
Pittsburgh Steelers (+2000)
Chicago Bears (+2200)
Miami Dolphins (+2500)
Minnesota Vikings (+3300)
NewYork Giants (+3500)
Tennessee Titans (+4000)
TampaBay Buccaneers (+6600)
Cleveland Browns (+7500)
Arizona Cardinals (+10000)
Cincinnati Bengals (+12500)
Baltimore Ravens (+15000)
Los Angeles Chargers (+15000)
Buffalo Bills (+20000)
Seattle Seahawks (+20000)
Kansas City Chiefs (+25000)

–Field Level Media

Sep 23, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz (11) in action against the Indianapolis Colts during the second quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Carson the Colt? 8 potential Wentz destinations

Philadelphia Eagles general manager Howie Roseman said Monday that trading quarterback Carson Wentz is “not anything we’re talking about right now.”

Granted, that statement came on a Zoom call less than 24 hours after Wentz was inactive for the Eagles’ season-ending loss to The Washington Football Team. And it hasn’t dissuaded oddsmakers from offering a market on where the former No. 2 overall pick might play next season.

The 28-year-old Wentz signed a four-year, $128 million extension with the Eagles in June 2019. He is due a $10 million bonus and his $22 million salary for 2022 becomes full guaranteed on the third day of the NFL league year, giving the Eagles until March to make a decision.

Should Philadelphia choose to cut ties with Wentz, Indianapolis has the shortest odds of being his next destination, according to odds.

Carson Wentz next team if traded or released:
Indianapolis Colts, +150
Chicago Bears, +200
New England Patriots, +500
San Francisco 49ers, +600
Denver Broncos, +700
Detroit Lions, +700
The Washington Football Team, +800
Pittsburgh Steelers, +900

The Colts qualified for the playoffs as the seventh seed in the AFC and will play at Buffalo on wild-card weekend. Coach Frank Reich recently said quarterback Philip Rivers has “multiple years left,” but the 39-year-old is on a one-year contract and will become a free agent after the season.

Backup Jacoby Brissett was unable to keep the Colts job after signing a two-year, $30 million deal in 2019, prompting the signing of Rivers. Would a former No. 2 pick seeking a new environment with a competitive team be appealing for the Colts?

The other destinations being offered by make sense as well on different levels.

–Chicago reached the playoffs, but only after returning to Mitchell Trubisky at quarterback after the former No. 2 overall pick was benched in favor of veteran Nick Folks.

–New England is widely expected to move on from pending free agent Cam Newton following a failed one-year experiment. Despite Newton’s struggles this season, coach Bill Belichick steadfastly refused to give Jarrett Stidham a crack at the job.

–San Francisco saw Jimmy Garoppolo finish another season on injured reserve. In four seasons with the 49ers, he has played more than six games only once and his future in San Francisco is very much in question.

–Drew Lock said Monday that “without a doubt” he feels like he can be Denver’s quarterback of the future. But that comes after finishing his second season tied for the NFL lead with 15 interceptions while his completion percentage dropped to 57.3 from 64.1.

–Detroit’s Matthew Stafford has two years remaining on his $135 million deal. With a new coach and a new general manager coming in, Stafford acknowledged Monday that “there’s a lot to discuss” without specifically addressing his future with the Lions. Will he demand a trade from the team his has led since 2009?

–The Washington Football Team won the NFC East with a 7-9 record. The return of Alex Smith was one of the season’s feel-good stories, especially juxtaposed to the release of 2019 first-round pick Dwayne Haskins, but the 36-year-old is certainly not the long-term answer in Washington.

–Ben Roethlisberger has said he plans to return for an 18th season in Pittsburgh. The 38-year-old struggled at times late this season and Mason Rudolph has not shown that he’s a legitimate heir to Roethlisberger’s throne in the Steel City.

–Field Level Media