(The Spread) – Bill Belichick has become quite the master at buying low on very good talent.
From Corey Dillon to Randy Moss to Deion Branch, Belichick has a knack for paying half price on good veteran talent. All three of those players helped the Pats reach the playoffs, with Dillon and Moss helping New England reach the Super Bowl.
Over the last two days, Belichick acquired defensive tackles Albert Haynesworth and Chad Ochocinco for what amounts to two fifth round picks and one sixth-rounder. Granted, Haynesworth comes with a ton of baggage and some believe Ochocinco’s best days are behind him, but these two moves are the epitome of low-risk, high-reward.
Whether they’re just gauging the public’s perception after these trades or truly believe the Patriots are now the team to beat, oddsmakers have made adjustments to their lines. Oddsmakers from online sports book Bodog now list the Patriots as 13/2 favorites to win the 2012 Super Bowl, when earlier this week New England was 7/1 along with the defending champion Green Bay Packers. The Pack, who have once again been quiet while other teams scramble to sign free agents, have remained 7/1 to win this year’s Super Bowl.
The Patriots will now turn their attention to re-signing free agent offensive tackle Matt Light. 2011 first round pick Nate Solder is the Patriots’ left tackle of the future, but he’s a raw talent. New England will need to re-sign Light in order to protect quarterback Tom Brady.