It looks as if sportsbooks have shrugged off the trade of LeSean McCoy by the Philadelphia Eagles as there were only minor adjustments made this week to the latest odds for the Super Bowl 50.
When it was reported that the Eagles would trade McCoy for Buffalo Bills linebacker Kiko Alonso it was a shock to a number of observers of the NFL. They questioned how the Eagles, who are close to contending for the Super Bowl, let one of their top players go.
However, bookmakers viewed it different and nearly did not even bat an eye after its announcement. In fact, a number of offshore sites and sites in Vegas did little of anything to adjust the odds this week.
One site shortened Buffalo’s odds to 25 to 1 from 30 to 1 but kept Philadelphia at its 22 to 1 from last week. Another futures board lengthened the odds for the Eagles while leaving everything else the same.
The trade leaves Philly with Darren Sproles, Kenjon Barner and Chris Polk to run the ball. Apparently, Chip Kelly the Eagles head coach and McCoy’s relationship has deteriorated and last season when the same happened with DeSean Jackson the All Pro wideout, either you jump on Kelly’s bandwagon or you are moved.
Kelly in the process picked up another former Oregon Duck player in linebacker Alonso and he now has 9 on his roster in Philly.
With the trade of McCoy and releasing Cary Williams a cornerback and Trent Cole a defensive end, the Eagles will have $48 million available under the salary cap for 2015.
As great as McCoy has played, it will not be too hard for the Eagles to find someone suitable to replace him through free agency or the draft.
For Buffalo, Rex Ryan the new head coach has inherited a defensive unit ready to become great and now a back like McCoy will boost the team’s chances to compete with New England in the AFC East. It has been reported that the Bills have also acquired Matt Cassel at quarterback in a trade with Minnesota.
Fans of the Bill should be very excited about the 2015 season, while Philly fans should have the confidence that Kelly has his plan and will make it work. His system is able to put up numbers regardless of the name of the person who runs the ball.
SUPER BOWL 50 ODDS
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS 5 to 1
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS 6 to 1
GREEN BAY PACKERS 7 to 1
INDIANAPOLIS COLTS 10- to 1
DENVER BRONCOS 12 to 1
DALLAS COWBOYS 12 to 1
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES 20 to 1
DETROIT LIONS 20 to 1
BALTIMORE RAVENS 20 to 1
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS 25 to 1