Six experts provided their picks for the best NFL offseason moves to ESPN.com. These experts are coaches and other league personnel. We here at Gambling911.com look at the odds for each of these “improved” teams.
Cleveland Browns – More specifically their offensive line.
"I will say Cleveland's building of their offensive line," one front office exec told ESPN. "Not one move in particular but adding two starters in free agency and locking in their best young lineman."
The improvements include signings of guard Kevin Zeitler (five years, $60 million) and center JC Tretter (three years, $16.75 million) in free agency. They also got guard Joel Bitonio to a five-year, $51 million extension as well as star left tackle Joe Thomas.
They have yet to determine the starting quarterback.
Another expert cited the signing of Jabrill Peppers. All of this is likely to boost the Browns chances.
Cleveland winning 5 or more regular season games in 2017 pays $11 for every $10 bet.
Houston Texans – Getting rid of Brock Osweiler along with his $16 million contract.
"A lot of teams wouldn't have admitted it was an obvious mistake to sign him and would keep banging their heads against the wall, trying see if he finally gets it," one coach said. "[The Texans] have a championship-level defense, and if they can get any type of offensive production, they can compete in the AFC. The guy was a terrible QB ... he wasn't only not winning -- he was losing them games."
Tom Savage or first-round pick Deshaun Watson are expected to replace him.
Gambling911.com already highlighted how the Texans draft pick of Watson should result in a nice improvement.
Houston winning the AFC South pays $20 for every $10 bet or $200 for every $100 bet.
Minnesota Vikings – Owning the best record Against The Spread in 2015-2016, the Vikings suffered through injury last season but still finished at .500 ATS.
By bolstering their running game, the Vikings should be able to climb back into the winning column in 2017.
One front office exec says landing Dalvin Cook from FSU should turn out to be a prize.
"[The] skill set that he possesses is power, speed and quickness as well as excellent balance," he said of Cook. "[Cook] brings to them three-down playmaking ability as a runner and receiver."
The Vikings also invested heavily in their offensive line with tackles Riley Reiff and Mike Remmers in free agency.
Also of note was the Indianapolis Colts hiring of a new general manager, Chris Ballard, as well as the Green Bay Packers bucking their free agent habits.
"[The] Packers' taking a rare dip into free agency and getting both Martellus Bennett and Lance Kendricks," one NFL scout said when asked about his favorite offseason move. "The Packers haven't had a true threat at tight end since Jermichael Finley flashed a few years ago, and they've lacked a consistent presence at the position since Bubba Franks. This isn't quite Mark Chmura and Keith Jackson, but these moves give Mike McCarthy a lot of playcalling flexibility to put stress on safeties and linebackers. He's smart enough to know how to use the two of them, and Aaron Rodgers is deadly throwing seam balls."
The Packers are listed at 11-1 odds to win Super Bowl 52.
- Don Shapiro, Gambling911.com