The Tampa Bay Buccaneers acquired tight end Rob Gronkowski on Tuesday in a trade with the New England Patriots. The Bucs dealt a fourth round pick for Gronk and a seventh round pick, and are reuniting the tight end with Tom Brady.
Gronk dealt with a host of injuries throughout his career, and a banged up 2018 resulted in him taking a hiatus from football. He appeared in 13 games and caught 47 passes for 682 yards and three touchdowns. It was a down year, but also the seventh straight year he did not appear in a full 16-game regular season schedule.
He is likely as healthy now as he has ever been, which offers some upside for Brady the Bucs in 2020. And the betting public is probably going to back this in a big way. The Bucs have been moved to +1200 at DraftKings Sportsbook to win Super Bowl 55 in Tampa. They are tied with the Saints, and only the Chiefs (+600), Ravens (+700), and 49ers (+900) have better odds right now.
The Bucs’ Super Bowl odds have been on the move all offseason. They opened at +5000 right after Super Bowl 54. They improved to +4000 as the Brady rumors began, and after he signed, they improved to +2000. They’ve steadily improved since the signing, moving to +1600 at March 24th, then down to +1400 and now their current +1200.
The value has declined considerably for them as a Super Bowl pick. It’s not an awful choice by any means, but with a potentially shortened offseason and maybe a delayed season, it’s hard for this group to get reps together. They are still likely to be a solid team, but they could be a little bit slow out of the gate while getting on the same page. You might find some value a couple weeks into the season if the Bucs are slow out of the gate.
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