Aaron Rodgers Retirement Rumors: Sportsbook Pulls Packers Odds After Receiving Tip
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Some sportsbooks have taken down any betting odds related to Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers due to rumors and information about his possible retirement.
The SuperBook is responsible for some of the markets closing. Sources tell The Action Network’s Darren Rovell that oddsmakers inside the SuperBook were told information about Rodgers possibly retiring by an informant who has been right about other news before. The book played it safe by taking the odds down.
While others have followed suit, sportsbooks such as FanDuel, BetMGM and William Hill still have odds up on the Packers. That includes futures odds in the division, as well as Week 1 against the Saints. The Saints are 3-point favorites at some books, 2.5-point favorites at others. BetMGM’s total for the game is 50.5; William Hill is at 48.5.
After this story originally posted, BetMGM pulled Packers odds off the market. FanDuel was still hanging win totals, with Green Bay sitting at 9.5 (under -150). Instead of pulling odds completely, Circa Sports adjusted NFC North odds making the Vikings the +125 favorite followed by the Packers at +195.
Rodgers has been a question mark all offseason, ever since ESPN reported his displeasure with the franchise right before the NFL Draft. A potential retirement has been rumored before, as has possible trades.
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Odds were posted earlier this offseason favoring the Denver Broncos to land him. As a result, sportsbooks were hammered with action on the Broncos as bettors tried to get ahead of the move. Bettors were hoping to grab the best numbers before any trade, just like savvy news-watchers did before Tom Brady signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers a year ago.
If Rodgers were to retire or sit out, rookie quarterback Jordan Love would seemingly take over. It was the Packers trading up to draft Love a year ago that sparked the first round of speculation that Rodgers’ time in Green Bay could be ending.