Chicago Bears favored to land QB Jimmy Garoppolo

The Bears have the best chance of landing Patriots backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, according to new odds posted by BookMaker.eu.

 

Signed for 2017 at less than $900,000, Patriots quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo will be a hot commodity this off-season. Especially with Tom Brady expected to keep playing a few more years.

BookMaker.eu just released odds on where Garoppolo will play next season. Chicago is his most likely destination, but it also wouldn't be a shock if New England held onto him.

UPDATE: We've also included the number of wins Garoppolo adds to the teams most likely to land him.

The 25-year-old Eastern Illinois product played in four games last season, starting two. He threw four TDs against zero INTs while completing 68.3 percent of his passes. He's entering the final year of his rookie deal.

Here are each team's odds to land Garoppolo:

CHICAGO BEARS +150 (risk $100 to win $150): CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports the Bears will make "a strong, concerted effort" to acquire Garoppolo and that the Illinois native is "far and away their top offseason priority." The efficient Garoppolo would be a major upgrade over Jay Cutler or Matt Barkley.

UPDATE: According to the SportsLine Projection Model, the Bears' win total would jump 22 percent if they started Garoppolo over Cutler. Chicago would be expected to win 6.5 games (compared to 5.3) and have an 11 percent shot at the playoffs.

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS +250 (risk $100 to win $250): If Garoppolo thinks Brady might hang it up sooner rather than later, he might be inclined to stick around in New England, per Pro Football Talk. Garoppolo could value staying with a winner, in a system he knows. Brady turns 40 in August; New England has to be ready if the Super Bowl MVP's body breaks down.

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SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS +1250 (risk $100 to win $1250): New coach Kyle Shanahan rated Garoppolo the second-best QB in the 2014 draft behind Derek Carr, per the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Garoppolo could flourish in Shanahan's offense, despite the coach's bonehead Super Bowl decisions.

UPDATE: The SportsLine Projection Model forecasts the Niners to win 7.3 games with Garoppolo, a 25 percent leap over Colin Kaepernick. San Fran would have an 18 percent chance of making the playoffs.

CLEVELAND BROWNS +1500 (risk $100 to win $1500): Would the Browns offer New England the No. 12 overall pick for Garoppolo? Do they want North Carolina's Mitch Trubisky or Clemson's Deshaun Watson as their QB of the future? Cleveland desperately needs a signal caller; the question is which one Hue Jackson falls in love with.

UPDATE: According to our Projection Model, the Browns' chances of making the playoffs would jump from less than 1 percent to 5 percent if they acquired Garoppolo.

NEW YORK JETS +2000 (risk $100 to win $2000): It's hard to envision Bill Belichick letting Jimmy G go to a division rival. But the Jets, who have Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg under contract, urgently need a QB. They own the No. 6 overall draft pick as a bargaining chip. Remember, New England dealt Drew Bledsoe to the division-rival Bills 16 years ago.

UPDATE: The Jets' expected wins would jump 30 percent to 7.3, per the Projection Model. Their playoff chances would surge from 4 percent to 18 percent.

HOUSTON TEXANS +2500 (risk $100 to win $2500): The Brock Osweiler experiment didn't pay big dividends. Now Houston could be in the market for Garoppolo, whose addition might be just what the Texans need to get over the hump. The problem is Houston owes Osweiler $17 million guaranteed this year. 

UPDATE: The SportsLine Projection Model says a Garoppolo-led Texans team would be expected to win 9.6 games and have a 67 percent chance at the playoffs. Houston would double its chance to win the AFC South, from 26 to 52 percent. Presumably, the Texans also would have a greater chance of advancing in the postseason.

DENVER BRONCOS +3000 (risk $100 to win $3000): Most expect Denver to pursue Tony Romo, making the Broncos a serious long shot for Garoppolo. Some observers even think the Broncos might stick with Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch, hoping one develops into their long-term QB.

UPDATE: With Garoppolo running the offense, Denver would project to win 9.9 games and have a 68 percent chance at the playoffs -- up from 40 percent with the current roster. In addition, the model would give the Broncos a 43 percent chance to reclaim the AFC West title.

FIELD -125 (risk $125 to win $100)