San Francisco 49ers are almost left out
The 49ers could very well be back in the Super Bowl race this year, but don’t expect them to have anyone in the MVP talk. BetMGM’s pre-season MVP odds don’t completely leave San Francisco players off the roster, but it takes over 30 spots to find one.
Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo is the first 49ers to break through the BetMGM odds at 125-1, so a bet of $ 1 pays $ 125 if he wins the prize. George Kittle is 150 to 1 and Nick Bosa is 500 to 1.
Typically, the award is given to signal callers because of their impact on the game, so naturally quarterbacks are all among the leaders. Patrick Mahomes is the 5-1 preseason leader. The top nine players and 13 of the top 15 in the odds are quarterbacks.
Garoppolo is the 26th quarterback listed, which is an indicator of his standing among the league’s other top assisters and what punters think about his ability to play a full season.
If he loses his job or isn’t available for more than a handful of matches, his chances of winning the award evaporate. On top of that, he would need a ton of stuff to go straight to win. He would need the 49ers to be one of the top three or four in the league, and he would need to be the reason they got there. Simply repeating its 2019 campaign would not be enough.
The fact that No. 3 overall pick Trey Lance can take over as early as Week 1 can’t help Garoppolo’s chances. Uncertainty over his job security will push potential Garoppolo bettors even further away from an already precarious MVP case.
Kittle and Bosa are also there, but the odds of a tight end winning the prize are slim, and a defensive player should have more of an impact than Aaron Donald has been at any point in his career, which seems be a long shot.
The good news for the 49ers is that they don’t need an MVP candidate to be on the best teams in the NFL. They’re going to build a running backs committee and strong defense if they make a comeback to the top of the NFL standings, no matter who starts below center.
[Gannett may earn revenue from audience referrals to betting services. Newsrooms are independent of this relationship and there is no influence on news coverage.]