Here’s a look at recent NFL news and notes as the start of the regular season keeps getting closer and closer.

Joe Mixon, Cincinnati’s RB1, is expected to stay with the team. Brenna White, writing at NFL.com, headlined “Joe Mixon, Bengals finalizing deal on restructured contract for RB to stay in Cincinnati” (July 14th).

Mixon is among the favorites to win the rushing title in 2023/24. However, it would still be surprising if he did so. Mixon is the 9th favorite for the accomplishment with bet365 sportsbook. Nick Chubb, Jonathan Taylor, and Derrick Henry are the top-three favorites in this market.

But the Cincinnati Bengals are considered strong contenders for the 2023/24 Super Bowl. Despite falling short of the Super Bowl last season, the Bengals are determined to secure their first-ever Super Bowl win. According to Unibet, they are currently listed at +1000 (10/1) odds in Super Bowl outrights. They should face tough competition from teams like the Kansas City Chiefs, Philadelphia Eagles, and Buffalo Bills. Signing Mixon would certainly be a part of the puzzle for remaining competitive.

Recent NFL News: Jets get coveted defensive player

In other recent NFL transactional news, DT Quinnen Williams will remain with the New York Jets. Tom Pelissero and Ian Rapoport reported that Williams and the Jets have agreed on a new contract extension that will pay him $96 million over four years. Williams is considered one of the best defensive players in the NFL. For instance, bet365 has him at 33 to 1 to win the Defensive Player of the Year Award. Those might sound like long odds but there are only ten players with shorter odds. It’s a market that Micah Parsons, Myles Garrett, and TJ Watt lead.

Recent NFL news: one last mention

The Washington Commanders were in the news earlier in the week. They are a team that’s in ownership turmoil.

Mark Maske and Nicki Jhabvala headlined “Legal snags between NFL, Snyder threaten to complicate Commanders sale” (July 13th, 2023). Washington has a low OVER/UNDER in the win-total markets with bet365. That firm has them at 6.5 (EVEN odds on the OVER).

Saquon Barkley was in the news earlier this week as well. The running back is the 17th favorite to win Offensive Player of the Year with bet365 at 28 to 1. However, he is a player that still needs to be negotiated with before he plays. Mike Florio headlined at NBCsports.com on July 12th: “Giants offered Saquon Barkley $13 million per year; Barkley wanted $16 million.” It’s hard to back a player to win any kind of plaudits when he is a risk to sit out.