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Gronk joining Brady in Tampa Bay, Oddsmakers move futures market

Patriots trade TE Gronkowski to Buccaneers

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers haven’t received this much attention since they won Super Bowl 37 in 2003.

The NFC South made a big free agent splash in the middle of March when it acquired quarterback Tom Brady via free agency. Betting Adjustments

Before the Tom Brady announcement, the Buccaneers were listed as high as 40/1 odds and that number dropped to as low as 14/1 or 16/1 odds, depending what legal US sportsbook you prefer.

Fast forward to April 21 and tight end Rob Gronkowski will be making a comeback to the NFL and joining his former teammate Brady in Tampa Bay.

Pending a physical by Gronkowski, which is expected to be cleared, the New England Patriots are trading the TE and a seventh-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for a fourth-round pick in this year's draft as well. 

Gronkowski, a 30-year-old future Hall of Famer, retired just before the 2019 season after the Patriots defeated the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl 53. Injuries were believed to be a major reason for exiting the NFL at a young age but other pundits pointed to his frustration with New England and its approach.

During his tenure with New England, Gronk finished with 521 receptions, 7,861 receiving yards and 79 touchdowns. He joins Brady and a Buccaneers team that went 7-9 in the 2019 regular season despite owning the fourth-best scoring offense in the league with 28.6 points per game.

The rumors were announced just about 10 days ago and the reports were confirmed on Twitter by NFL experts.

Buccaneers down to 12/1 odds to win SBLV and dropping

After the rumors were confirmed, sportsbooks quickly made another adjustment on the Buccaneers, who are now listed as a 12/1 betting choice to win Super Bowl 55.

Super Bowl 55 is scheduled to take place at Raymond James Stadium from Tampa Florida on Feb. 7, 2021 which is the home of the Bucs.

Make a note, that a Super Bowl host has never earned a trip to the NFL finale.

Handicapper's Take

"The Bucs were already going to be a popular team for the public to the fade due to 42-year-old Tom Brady getting a lot of respect upon his departure from the Patriots. After struggling with Jameis Winston at the helm, landing Brady and expecting improvement from a defense that was besieged by injuries last season, Westgate set odds at 14-to-1 after listing them at 60-to-1 on Jan. 24 and 40-to-1 just after the Super Bowl," said VI handicapper Antony Dinero. "It remains to be seen what the Bucs do with current tight end O.J. Howard, a former first-round pick who has disappointed so far, but if he stays put then Brady has an embarrassment of riches as far as weapons are concerned.

"Gronkowski’s addition is just going to make everyone better around him and help Brady get accustomed to his new digs faster. William Hill is still offering 16-to-1, which is worth it given how wide open the NFC looks. FanDuel and DraftKings are at +1200. Given that Tampa hosts the Super Bowl this year, riding a Brady resurgence in a season you know he’ll be motivated for is recommended over a blind fade.”

Odds to win Super Bowl 55

Kansas City Chiefs +650
Baltimore Ravens +700
San Francisco 49ers +900
New Orleans Saints +1200
Tampa Bay Buccaneers +1200
Dallas Cowboys +1700
Philadelphia Eagles +1900
Seattle Seahawks +2100
New England Patriots +2200
Green Bay Packers +2300
Buffalo Bills +2400
Indianapolis Colts +2400
Pittsburgh Steelers +2400
Los Angeles Rams +2600
Minnesota Vikings +2600
Tennessee Titans +3000
Cleveland Browns +3400
Los Angeles Chargers +3400
Chicago Bears +3600
Atlanta Falcons +4400
Houston Texans +4400
Arizona Cardinals +5000
Denver Broncos +5500
Las Vegas Raiders +6000
Detroit Lions +6600
Carolina Panthers +7000
New York Jets +7000
Miami Dolphins +8000
New York Giants +8000
Cincinnati Bengals +15000
Washington Redskins +15000
Jacksonville Jaguars +16000

Odds to win 2020 NFC Championship

San Francisco 49ers +480
New Orleans Saints +700
Tampa Bay Buccaneers +700
Dallas Cowboys +850
Philadelphia Eagles +1000
Seattle Seahawks +1000
Green Bay Packers +1100
Los Angeles Rams +1300
Minnesota Vikings +1300
Chicago Bears +1800
Atlanta Falcons +2200
Arizona Cardinals +2400
Detroit Lions +3200
Carolina Panthers +3400
New York Giants +4000
Washington Redskins +7000

Odds to win 2020 NFC South

New Orleans Saints -105
Tampa Bay Buccaneers +155
Atlanta Falcons +650
Carolina Panthers +1100

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