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Tom Brady leads the pack in odds to win NFL’s Most Valuable Player of 2017

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The Patriots quarterback is the early favorite to win another MVP award.

New England Patriots QB Tom Brady has a history of being the runner-up in the voting for Most Valuable Player. Part of that is due to his head coach, Bill Belichick, providing Brady an advantage that no other player in the league possesses. And part is due to other players have career years the same time Brady has a strong year. Unlike some other players, Brady is never the default option for MVP in years where there aren’t a strong candidate.

Bovada has released odds for league MVP and Brady sits atop the list with 4/1 odds, edging out Packers QB Aaron Rodgers (7/1) and Raiders QB Derek Carr (9/1). Cowboys QB Dak Prescott, Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger, and Seahawks QB Russell Wilson tie with 12/1 odds, while Falcons QB Matt Ryan, the MVP of 2016, has 16/1 odds.

Most of the top candidates are quarterbacks, although Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott (20/1) and Cardinals RB David Johnson (33/1) have fairly reasonable odds. Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski is tied with Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. with 66/1 odds.

Only two defenders make the list as Texans DL J.J. Watt (66/1) and Broncos EDGE Von Miller (100/1) come in towards the end. This is clearly insulting to Raiders EDGE Khalil Mack, who does not receive odds, while Jaguars QB Blake Bortles receives 100/1 odds. That’s just wrong.

The regular season MVP hasn’t won the Super Bowl since Rams QB Kurt Warner accomplished the feat in 1999. Brady might be fine skipping this award if that means he collects his sixth Super Bowl trophy.