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Joe Mixon Next Team Odds: Bears & Cowboys Among Favored Landing Spots

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Joe Mixon has been the lead running back on the Cincinnati Bengals since being drafted in 2017. But few players are untouchable in today’s NFL, especially running backs. 

Mixon costs a pretty penny against the salary cap in each of the next two seasons. With other pressing issues to be addressed by the Bengals – namely, extensions for Joe Burrow, Ja’Marr Chase and possibly Tee Higgins – Mixon could be the odd man out in Cincy, sooner rather than later. 

"I don't know." That was the response from Bengals' Director of Player Personnel Duke Tobin, when asked if Mixon will be on the team in 2023. "We're counting on him." That was a later response from head coach Zac Taylor. 

With that in mind, Bookies.com oddsmaker Adam Thompson has used his resources of NFL contacts developed over 20 years covering the league to create his hypothetical NFL futures odds on Mixon’s 2023 team.

Joe Mixon Team For 2023 Season Odds

TeamOddsImplied Probability
Cincinnati Bengals-15060.0%
Chicago Bears+65013.3%
Arizona Cardinals+75011.8%
Dallas Cowboys+9509.5%
Los Angeles Rams+9509.5%
New England Patriots+12007.7%
The Field+11508.0%

This market is for entertainment purposes only and has been created by the Bookies.com team. It is not currently available on Ohio betting sites.

Mixon had his best season in 2021, rushing for 1,205 yards and 13 TDs. But he still averaged a modest 4.1 yards per carry, and that number dipped to an awful 3.6 in 2022. 

The Bengals inked Mixon to a four-year, $48 million deal in 2020 but with get-outs in place that would allow a release this offseason. Mixon was a key part of the team’s rebuild and has stated he wants to be in Cincy. If the Packers and Aaron Jones can do it, so too can the Bengals and Mixon. 

Complicating matters is Mixon, who came into the league with a checkered past, could be facing a suspension for his latest off-the-field incident. Mixon was charged with aggravated menacing after he allegedly pointed a gun at a woman and threatened her on Jan. 21, the day before the playoff win vs. Buffalo. 

The Bengals would save about $10 million by cutting him after the now-passed June 1 deadline ($5.5 million cap hit spread over next two years). Cincinnati is in a decent spot cap-wise, at $15 million in space currently, so it doesn't need to cut him.

Taylor indicated he hopes Mixon is on the field this fall for the Bengals, a show of support from the head guy. 

But there are a lot of other players to be inked (as we mentioned: Burrow, Chase and Higgins) if Cincy is to remain a longterm contender in the brutally tough AFC. The Bengals, who reached the AFC Championship game but lost to the Chiefs last season, are +1100 on Ohio betting apps to win Super Bowl 58. 

Where Could Mixon Land This Offseason?

For multiple reasons, the Chicago Bears are part of nearly every player odds piece out there. They not only have more cap space than any other team, they also have more needs than just about any other team; hence their “earning” of the No. 1 overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft. Mixon would be RB1 on a Chicago offense lacking weapons. 

The Arizona Cardinals seek a complement for James Conner, who has only started 6-13 games in each of his last five seasons due to injury. They’re one of the few teams with a semi-need at RB and the cap capital to make a move like this. 

Chicago and Arizona could both be in the running for Dalvin Cook, if he's released by the Vikings in a money saving move. 

The Dallas Cowboys have Tony Pollard, while the Los Angeles Rams have Cam Akers. That said, Dallas coach Mike McCarthy prefers two RBs to take the load off, while the Rams are too old to blow up the team. Mixon provides a more-reliable backfield option next to Matt Stafford. 


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Damien Harris is now in Buffalo, so while the New England Patriots plan to ride with Rhamondre Stevenson, Mixon provides a bump in production. They also have the cap space to make such a move. 

The Field includes the Miami Dolphins, who have a need for realaility at RB but not the cap space to make an addition, plus the Buffalo Bills (see the Dolphins), Jacksonville Jaguars and Houston Texans

 

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Adam Thompson for Bookies.com
Adam Thompson
NFL writer and expert Adam Thompson joined Bookies.com in 2019 after a successful run as senior handicapper for SportsLine and CBSSports.com. He's long been established as one of the nation's premier handicappers, specializing in the NFL where he's hit on more than 60% over the past three years. Adam's NBA, PGA and horse racing picks have also produced major winners over the last 12 months. His customized NFL and NBA odds for players and teams have been picked up by hundreds of websites over the past year.