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Cam Newton Surges in 2020 AP Comeback Player of the Year Award Betting

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Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers. (Photo by Jacob Kupferman / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP)

Superman Cam Newton cracks the top ten in various NFL futures betting markets as the newly-signed quarterback for the Patriots.

Newton’s Impact on NFL Futures 

On the heels of signing a one-year deal with the New England Patriots, Cam Newton’s odds surge in NFL futures betting markets across sportsbook platforms and nowhere more so than in the “AP Comeback Player of the Year” market. 

The Carolina Panthers’ cast-off skyrocketed this weekend into the top of the field, emerging, by and large, among the top two bets with most top-rated sportsbooks

BetOnline tips Newton on +400 odds to win the coveted award in 2020, just a smidgen larger than Roethlisberger, who is tipped at +300. Bovada, by contrast, tips Newton dead even with Big Ben on +300 odds to win Comeback Player of the Year. 

BetOnline Top 10 NFL 2020 Comeback Player Of The Year Odds 

  • Ben Roethlisberger       +300    
  • Cam Newton                +400    
  • Rob Gronkowski          +450    
  • JJ Watt                         +500    
  • AJ Green                      +600    
  • Nick Foles                    +600    
  • Matthew Stafford         +650    
  • Baker Mayfield            +750    
  • Myles Garrett               +1200  
  • Aldon Smith                 +1500  
  • Antonio Brown            +2200  

Arguably, winning the year’s comeback player award isn’t the most coveted award on offer but it would be a fitting consolation prize for the castoff quarterback. Miami Dolphins castoff, Ryan Tannehill, was the recipient of the award last year following a standout run in the second half of the season with the Tennessee Titans. Drew Luck won the award in 2018, coming back from a year riddled with injury to lead the Colts to the playoffs. 

With Newton installed so high in this market, the betting should be interesting. There are several standout bets to consider: Ben Roethlisberger, Nick Foles, A.J. Green, Matthew Stafford and J.J. Watt, all of which are coming off injury-riddled 2019 seasons; Myles Garrett, who gets a second chance in the NFL after his suspension was reversed, and  Rob Gronkowski, who won the award in 2014 and is coming out of retirement to join Tom Brady in Tampa Bay. And that’s just the top 10.  

Other bets in this market include: Andy Dalton (+3300), Alex Smith (+6600), TY Hilton (+8000) and Josh Rosen (+10000), to name a few. 

Another MVP Award for Newton?

Seeing Newton highly touted in the Comeback Player of the Year market is par for the course. It’s something that many NFL experts and media analysts are willing to concede is a real possibility, given his undeniable quality and track record in the game. Not least of all, joining a team that boasts the coaching genius of Bill Belichick can only add to the increased probability of a solid comeback.

However, what about winning another MVP award? Is that a viable NFL pick where Newton is concerned? 

After all, Newton has been to a Super Bowl and won the precious MVP award in 2015. He’s an elite quarterback that has proven in the past he can do some serious damage on the field when he’s fit and healthy. Surely, joining the Patriots with their tradition of success in the game warrants consideration of his NFL odds in this market.

BetOnline lifts Newton into contention for the MVP award, as does Bovada and other top-rated sports betting platforms, but the ex-Panthers quarterback isn’t topping the charts, even though he’s amongst the top ten best bets. As it is, Newton is tipped as the seventh-best bet, a position he holds jointly with Ben Roethlisberger, Baker Mayfield, Drew Lock, Matt Ryan and former Panthers teammate Cristian McCaffrey at +3300.

Interestingly, Newton, who struggled something awful in 2019 before being benched in favor of Kyle Allen, is priced on shorter odds than Drew Brees, Jimmy Garropolo and Kirk Cousins – three 2019 playoff quarterbacks – to win the MVP award. As well,  he’s priced better than Matt Ryan, Philip Rivers and Derrick Henry, to name a few others

BetOnline 2020 Regular Season MVP Futures

  • Patrick Mahomes          +400    
  • Lamar Jackson             +800    
  • Dak Prescott                 +1200  
  • Kyler Murray               +1200  
  • Russell Wilson             +1200  
  • Tom Brady                   +1200  
  • Josh Allen (QB)            +2000  
  • Aaron Rodgers             +2200  
  • Carson Wentz               +2500  
  • Deshaun Watson          +2500  
  • Drew Brees                   +2500  
  • Baker Mayfield            +3300  
  • Ben Roethlisberger       +3300  
  • Cam Newton               +3300  
  • Christian McCaffrey     +3300  
  • Drew Lock                   +3300  
  • Matt Ryan                    +3300  
  • Jarrett Stidham             +4000  
  • Jimmy Garoppolo        +4000  
  • Philip Rivers                 +4000  
  • Derrick Henry              +5000  
  • Jared Goff                    +5000  
  • Kirk Cousins                +5000  
  • Matthew Stafford         +5000  
  • Saquon Barkley            +5000  
  • Ezekiel Elliott               +6000  
  • Dalvin Cook                 +6600  
  • Daniel Jones                 +6600  
  • Joe Burrow                   +6600  
  • Michael Thomas           +6600  
  • Nick Chubb                  +6600  
  • Tua Tagovailoa            +6600  

Patriots Cashed as Favorites to Sign Newton

The New England Patriots in recent months were deemed Newton’s likely destination, for the start of the 2020 NFL season after the Carolina Panthers opted to part ways with the seasoned veteran. 

So, news that the ink was drying on the paper this weekend wasn’t met with surprise within NFL circles. Rather it prompted some well-deserved pats on the back because it simply provided confirmation of what the punditocracy long predicted and what sportsbooks had projected as the top betting option. 

How Newton fares in New England remains to be seen but he couldn’t have gotten a better second chance than joining the Patriots – an NFL dynasty over the last two decades, of which Belichick is eager to prove he was more instrumental in developing on the sidelines than Tom Brady was on the field.