Cleveland Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel may not even own the Browns starting job come September, and yet the sportsbook Bovada has listed Manziel with 100-1 odds to win the NFL’s Most Valuable Player next season.
According to ProFootballTalk, Manziel is the only rookie on the board to be given odds to win the MVP next season. The favorite to win the MVP, is of course none other than the 2013 NFL MVP, Peyton Manning. Manning has won the award a record five times, all within the last decade.
Browns head coach Mike Pettine has previously told NFL.com that he hopes Manziel will one day be the Browns starting quarterback, but not the first game of the season:
We felt this entire draft class, every single one of (the quarterbacks) needed a redshirt year, with Johnny really being the only one that had a chance given the right circumstances to be an opening-day starter. It could happen, but in my ideal world, it’s not opening day.
In the 57-year history of the Associated Press’ NFL MVP award, no rookie has ever won the award. In 1978, Earl Campbell of the Houston Oilers won both the NFL offensive rookie of the year, and the Pro Football Writers Association NFL MVP Award. In 1979, his sophomore season in the league, Campbell was granted with the AP NFL MVP.
While it is certainly a longshot that Manziel wins the NFL MVP award this season, there is something to be said about the fact that he is the only rookie listed on the board for Bovada’s odds.