NFL is coming back in a big way heading into August. There will be some actual games as well. Teams now have training camp in progress, meaning this is when things get interesting.
There are some big roster decisions over the next few weeks, creating some big storylines. Here is a look at NFL betting news over the last few days.
Barkley’s Done Deal
Running back Saquon Barkley has joined his New York Giants’ teammates in camp, that after coming to terms with the team. Barkley was holding out after being given the franchise tag by the Giants, and was determined to get a new deal.
According to sources, Barkley has signed a one-year deal in excess of $11 million. There is also a $2 million signing bonus that will pay him much more than he would have earned with the tag.
New York thus now will be able to franchise tag Barkley again next season, as per the terms of the pact. Barkley was extremely outspoken about not wanting to be a “tagged” player, threatening to sit out the season.
Barkley had one of the best campaigns (1,312 rush yards, 10 touchdowns) of his career last season, and is a huge threat in the passing game (57 catches) as well.
Barkley and Big Blue are 60-1 (+6000) to win the title, according to Super Bowl LVIII odds by BetUS sportsbook.
Gambling Suspensions Continue
Add another name to the growing list of NFL player transgressions when it comes to gambling. According to the league, Denver Broncos’ defensive end Eyioma Uwazurike was found to have bet on NFL games last season. Uwazurike isn’t eligible to request reinstatement until next July.
The league has worked very hard to make the gambling policy regarding players easier to understand, even sending representatives to meet with each team during training camp. There are currently 10 players suspended by the league, having violated the rules.
The team released a statement after the suspension ruling, but didn;t say whether or not it was moving on without Uwazurike. That will be something to watch during the training camp.
Peters to Raiders
The Las Vegas Raiders Monday signed former Kansas City Chief, Los Angeles Ram and Baltimore Raven cornerback Marcus Peters to a one-year contract. Peters is a three-time Pro Bowl selection, though had perhaps his worst season in 2022 with Baltimore.
It’s been a rough few years, Peters missing the entire 2021 year with an injury (torn ACL). The Raiders were needing help in the secondary, and Peters seemed to be the best option out there.
Vegas finished with a league-low six interceptions in each of the last two years. Peters is now back in the AFC West, originally a first-round pick of the Chiefs back in 2015.
Peters has a reputation as a very emotional player who’s been involved in heated arguments. He is expected to start with the Raiders.
Hill “Slap Happy”
There’s no suspension forthcoming in regard to Dolphins’ receiver Tyreek Hill and an altercation at a Miami marina last month. According to a report, Hill slapped a marina employee in the back of the head after a disagreement, but no charges were filed.
Attorneys announced both sides have now reached a settlement, and the case is closed now. Hill was under investigation by the police in Miami, but never charged.
The team acknowledged the incident. Hill was potentially staring at a suspension by the NFL. That doesn’t appear to be the end result.
Hill and the rest of the team’s veterans report to camp this Thursday. Miami is the 3-1 (+300) third choice to win the AFC East, as per NFL division odds.