End of NFL Lockout Means Betting Opportunities on Super Bowl XLVI Futures

The NFL lockout finally ended on Monday after 136 days, which means bettors everywhere are rejoicing and looking for opportunities to wager on Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis next February 5. NFL teams will be able to sign rookies early in the week and free agents a few days later, setting off what could be one of the craziest weeks in league history.

There are several big-name players who can make an immediate impact on new teams, so now is the perfect time to jump on the NFL odds for teams you think will make the biggest splash in free agency and emerge as legit Super Bowl contenders. Investing in a team you believe will at least make the playoffs now could at least give you a chance to make money in the postseason.

Kevin Kolb

Kevin Kolb will likely be suiting up for a team other than the Eagles this season.

For example, quarterbacks Kevin Kolb and Carson Palmer are getting a lot of buzz as trade bait to teams in the NFC West because that is a division up for grabs where a change in signal callers could win the division. The Arizona Cardinals (50/1 sportsbook odds) are a popular landing spot for Kolb, who was supposed to be the QB of the future for the Philadelphia Eagles (12/1) before Michael Vick got out of jail and then stole the starting job away from him last season. The Cardinals went to the Super Bowl just three years ago with Kurt Warner under center and still have many of the same championship pieces, led by All-Pro wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald.

The Seattle Seahawks (80/1) are also in dire need of a quarterback if they do not bring veteran Matt Hasselbeck back. Palmer figures to get some interest from a team like Seattle that made the playoffs last year, especially since the Cincinnati Bengals (100/1) are already moving in a new direction after drafting Andy Dalton in April to replace him. Plus, Palmer having his old college coach with the Seahawks in Pete Carroll certainly can’t hurt his cause.

There is also a very talented batch of wide receivers who are free agents and could be looking for new homes if their current teams don’t bring them back, including wide receivers Santonio Holmes, Plaxico Burress, Randy Moss, Terrell Owens, Santana Moss and Sidney Rice. The top defensive player available is cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, who is a sure bet to leave the Oakland Raiders (50/1).

The defending Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers and the team with the best overall record during the regular season – the New England Patriots – are both 6/1 co-favorites to win the NFL championship this year. The Packers figure to be an even bigger threat to repeat considering how many injuries they dealt with last season after finishing second behind the Chicago Bears (30/1) in the NFC North.  Meanwhile, the Patriots should be the top contender in the AFC again as long as their defense continues to improve to match their explosive offense.  New England finished 14-2 last season before losing to the New York Jets (12/1) in the playoffs.

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