With the 2019 Super Bowl here, we take a minute to glance at some questions NFL bettors will be asking heading into next season. There are many things that teams need to address this offseason, some of which could determine the performance of this past year’s contenders. Let’s take a look at the issues surrounding some of last year’s contenders.
What jersey will Nick Foles be wearing next season?
Foles enters free agency this offseason. However, the Eagles have a $20 million option that they can exercise. If the Eagles do this, Foles can either buy his way back into free agency for $2 within five days. So, Philadelphia can let Foles’ magic from last season move to another team, or they can attempt to keep him on their roster for another year in case Carson Wentz gets hurt again.
Another option could give Foles the opportunity to choose the team he wants to go to. They would exercise their option and then trade him. Philadelphia would have to be able to assure him that there would be significant interest in him, but they wouldn’t lose him and gain nothing, as they would if he walked.
How similar will Chicago look next year to this year?
The Bears looked like an elite team this past year, winning 12 and losing the other four by one score or less. However, no team wants to be a flash in the pan after a heartbreaking loss like the playoff loss to Philadelphia.
Simply put, excluding internal development, the Bears won’t look much better next year. They have no first round draft pick until 2021, and most of their team is under contract through next season. The big question is whether they can retain cornerback Bryce Callahan and/or safety Adrian Amos.
What’s up with Kansas City’s Defense?
Kansas City’s most significant priority on defense this offseason is to re-sign Dee Ford, their breakout star pass rusher. He will want a bigger deal, which will leave them little room to sign free agents. If Ford sacrifices a little money, the Chiefs’ defense could improve on their basement numbers from this year.
These three contenders could look different or similar next year. Sports bettors should take note of the offseason news before placing any future bets on next year’s Super Bowl winner.