Today is the first day that teams across the National Football League can use the Franchise or Transition Player tags on possible free agents. While the Pittsburgh Steelers are expected to eventually use the tag on running back Le’Veon Bell, if you’re a gambling man (or woman), there’s potentially some money to be made if you think there’s a chance he ends up with our Minnesota Vikings.
The folks from bookmaker.eu have put together a few prop bets for players that could be hitting free agency next month, and for some reason they have the Vikings as the most likely non-Pittsburgh destination for Bell.
Here’s how their odds shake out:
- Minnesota Vikings +2300
- New England Patriots +2400
- Green Bay Packers +2600
- New York Jets +2600
- Oakland Raiders +2700
- Cleveland Browns +3000
- Field +3500
For those that are not totally familiar with how the +/- (or “money line”) odds work on gambling sites like these, a +2300 means that a $100 bet would cash in a $2,300 profit if it hits.
You’ll notice that I don’t have Bell’s current team, the Steelers, on the list above. That’s because the folks at Bookmaker have listed the Steelers at -8000 to retain Bell’s services. That means that if you placed a $100 bet on Bell staying in Pittsburgh and were correct, your profit would be a whopping. . .one dollar and twenty-five cents. You would have to bet $8000 in order to win $100 on that bet.
So, while it doesn’t exactly look promising for Bell to wind up in Minnesota. . .and while this team has other priorities they need to focus on before bringing in another highly-paid running back (like the offensive line they’d be running behind). . .as we often do, we will take the Lloyd Christmas approach to this news.