The 49ers lost some key players in NFL free agency, but they are still close to the top in terms of betting odds for the Super Bowl this season.
Usually, when a team loses a starting quarterback, the trajectory toward making and winning a Super Bowl will head in the wrong direction.
For the San Francisco 49ers, however, it appears to have had a different effect.
The Niners will enter 2023 without veteran quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, who helped get them to the Super Bowl in 2019 and nearly did so in back-to-back years in 2021 and 2022. Although Jimmy G wasn’t technically QB1 on the depth chart entering 2022, he was the one who started the most games between fellow quarterbacks Trey Lance and Brock Purdy.
Under most circumstances, fresh-faced and relatively inexperienced quarterbacks aren’t going to push a team into serious Super Bowl contention.
San Francisco, though, seems to be an exception.
Oddsmakers have 49ers tied for 2nd best odds to win Super Bowl LVIII
The 49ers underwent some notable attrition in NFL free agency this offseason, losing not only Garoppolo but also safety Jimmie Ward, EDGE Samson Ebukam and right tackle Mike McGlinchey, among others.
That said, Shanahan’s roster is still stacked on both sides of the ball, and it appears the quality of talent is enough to keep the Niners right up there in Super Bowl betting odds.
According to the oddsmakers at FanDuel, San Francisco has the second-best odds to win Super Bowl LVIII at +900, trailing only the Kansas City Chiefs (+600).
Perhaps some of the 49ers’ own notable additions in NFL free agency, especially defensive tackle Javon Hargrave, help keep them right at the top.
If there’s a problem, though, it’s the fact that FanDuel has the Niners tied for second with a trio of other contending teams like the Philadelphia Eagles, Buffalo Bills and Cincinnati Bengals.
While that’s not necessarily ideal, it could be worse.
San Francisco’s former defensive coordinator, now-Houston Texans head coach DeMeco Ryans, is seeing his new team owning the worst Super Bowl odds at +20000.
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