It was inevitable to see some players to jump over to join the Buccaneers once Tom Brady made his announcement. There were some rumours about who was going to join but not many predicted the All-Pro to sign up with his former teammate.
Tight End Rob Gronkowski gets traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. After a stint in the World Wrestling Entertainment inc (WWE) “Gronk” wanted to come back to play in the NFL. Apparently the TE only wanted to come out of retirement in order to continue playing with Tom Brady. The trade gives the Patriots a 4th round pick while Tampa Bay receive a 7th round pick. Apparently, the tight end has already started to put on weight for his return to the NFL.
There is no doubt that two former New England elites will completely change the look of the Buccaneers. Tampa Bay has not looked like challenging for anything in recent years. The vast experience and elite mentality between Brady and “Gronk” is bound to have a positive impact on the current and future roster of Tampa Bay.
The Patriots had already written off the tight end as being an asset to the team. Will a 4th round draft pick be able to make up for such a loss? It is extremely unlikely that 4th round pick will see a successor anywhere near the quality of Tom Brady or Rob Gronkowski. Although the Patriots have a record of late picks being superstars, evident by the fact that Brady was 199th draft pick back in 2000. There will not be many more 6th round NFL picks that are going to be Hall of Famers.
How will it affect the Tampa Bay Buccaneers?
The odds for Tampa Bay to win the Superbowl already received a big cut once Tom Brady had joined their roster. After adding another big name with “Gronk” to the roster, the Buccaneers have become the 4th favourites at (+1100) to win the Superbowl. The 31-year-old tight end had his lowest yards per catch and yards per target in 2018. He averaged 14.5 yards per catch and 9.5 yards per target. These were his lowest numbers since 2015.
It is important to keep in mind that he was playing alongside Julien Edelmenn, Josh Gordan and Philip Dorsett. Now he is going to have Godwin and Evans beside his who are more can capable of taking double teams off his hands. Tampa Bay are building a very powerful looking offense and if they can improve their defence from the draft or through trades, they could make a solid run at the Superbowl.
A big factor for whether the Buccaneers can win the division or Superbowl will all depend on whether they can keep their main players healthy. They are competing in a tough division and it won’t be a walk in the park. Tom Brady certainly has a lot of firepower to deal with and it going to take apart several defences. Unlike the Ravens from last season, Brady and Gronk can take the winning mentality throughout the whole competition.