Cleveland Brown a tempting bet

While the Cleveland Browns started the season as firm Betfair outsiders for this year’s Super Bowl title, the franchise’s odds have dramatically shortened over the course of the offseason. After starting this year with odds of 200/1 with some bookmakers, Cleveland currently find themselves down to 66/1 with Betfair after an interesting few months for the Browns.

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While the main reason behind the shift in odds has been due to a big bet being made on Cleveland over the past few weeks, the Browns have breathed fresh life into their offense after selecting the highly-rated quarterback Johnny Manziel in the draft. The 2012 Heisman Trophy winner had been linked with a variety of NFL teams ahead of the draft but it was Cleveland who secured the Texan’s services after selecting him 22nd overall.

Before Manziel can start thinking about making his NFL debut, the youngster will be tasked with learning a whole new play-book. Manziel will battle it out with Brian Hoyer for the quarterback position with the Browns this season, adding some enviable headaches for the Cleveland management. While Hoyer is expected to start the new NFL campaign as Cleveland’s number-one, Manziel has been tipped by Betfair punters to still have a key role to play for the Browns in his rookie year.

Perhaps more exciting than the signing of Manziel is that of cornerback Justin Gilbert. The Browns used their first pick to select the 22-year old eighth overall in this year’s draft, and Gilbert has been backed to be one of Cleveland’s stars during a fascinating season for the franchise. With speed to burn and power to match, Gilbert could well be the cornerback the Browns have been looking for.

Even though it may be far too early to be talking about the Browns as possible Super Bowl contenders, the franchise certainly look a more tempting bet than they did this time last year.

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