NFL odds: Patriots among top betting favorites to add Matthew Stafford

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These odds suggest Patriots are a top contender for Stafford originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

Matthew Stafford is on the trade block, as his wife appeared to confirm Monday on Instagram. The New England Patriots could use a starting quarterback.

Seems like a potential fit, no?

The Patriots indeed have been floated as a potential landing spot for the Lions quarterback, who reportedly has requested a trade after 12 seasons in Detroit. In fact, you could argue New England is one of the front-runners to acquire Stafford.

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Here are the latest odds on which team Stafford will play his next snap for -- odds provided by our partner, PointsBet Sportsbook (Colorado):

Indianapolis Colts

+250

New England Patriots

+350

Washington Football Team

+1000

Carolina Panthers

+1000

New York Jets

+1200

Chicago Bears

+1600

New Orleans Saints

+1600

Only the Indianapolis Colts, who lost Philip Rivers to retirement this offseason and boast the second-most cap space in the NFL, have better odds to land Stafford than New England, which is pegged at 7/2.

Acquiring Stafford wouldn't be a piece of cake for the Patriots, who likely would have to part with their No. 15 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft and would have to absorb his roughly $20 million cap hit. It's also worth wondering whether Stafford would want to come to Foxboro after the team just brought on Matt Patricia, his former boss who was fired in Detroit.

Perry: Pats will have plenty of competition for Stafford's services

But like Indy, the Patriots have the cap space and the pressing need for a QB of Stafford's caliber. They had one of the NFL's worst offenses under Cam Newton last season, and Bill Belichick likely isn't keen on another losing season after watching Tom Brady traipse to the Super Bowl in Tampa.

While there could be other QB options on the free agency and trade markets, Stafford is near the top of the list after topping 4,000 passing yards this season for the eighth time in his career. That pedigree should appeal to the Patriots, who will be a team to watch in the Stafford sweepstakes this winter.