Sportsbook Website Fans Note Bucs & Chargers Signing Top Picks

December 1, 2010 Sportsbook

The signing of two more top NFL draft picks got the attention of fans at the sportsbook website.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers came to terms with third overall pick Gerald McCoy while the Chargers signed Ryan Mathews.  The signing of Mathews is the one that could impact odds at the online sportsbook since San Diego is counting heavily on Mathews to be their top running back this season.

Sportsbook website odds list San Diego as one of the Super Bowl favorites at odds of 9-1.  The Chargers took Mathews with the 12th overall pick. He is expected to get a lot of work as a rookie and may even get more carries for San Diego than Darren Sproles.

The Bucs came to terms with their first round pick, Gerald McCoy.  He was signed to a five-year, $63.42 million contract that included $35 million in guaranteed money.  The Bucs took the Oklahoma defensive tackle third in the NFL Draft.  He is expected to be a big part of Tampa’s defense for a long time. The Bucs also came to terms with left tackle Donald Penn, a restricted free agent.  It was reported that Penn got a six-year, $48 million deal, with about $20 million guaranteed.

The seventh player taken in the draft, Florida cornerback Joe Haden came to terms with the Cleveland Browns on a reported five year-$50 million deal with $26 million guaranteed. The Browns are expected to be an improved team this season and the addition of Haden to the secondary will be important.

Of the top five NFL Draft picks, only defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh who was taken by Detroit with the second overall pick is unsigned.  The Lions do expect to come to terms soon though with the Nebraska star.

The top NFL draft pick, quarterback Sam Bradford has already come to terms with the St. Louis Rams.  He is expected to get playing time this season and impact NFL odds at the online sportsbook and it is only a matter of time before the Rams turn the starting quarterback job over to him. Bradford got a 6-year, $78 million dollar deal with St. Louis with $50 million guaranteed.  Another quarterback signing of note was Denver coming to terms with Florida quarterback Tim Tebow. He signed a 5-year deal worth $11.25 million but it could be worth more than $30 million with incentives.

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