The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were already considered Super Bowl contenders when they signed Tom Brady, and now those odds have skyrocketed. Following the surprising trade for Rob Gronkowski, the odds of the Buccaneers making the Super Bowl saw a significant boost.

On Tuesday, the Buccaneers were able to manufacture a trade for Gronkowski, trading their fourth-round pick for the All-Pro tight end. In addition, they were able to get a seventh-round pick in return from the New England Patriots.

Seeing that the Buccaneers were able to hold onto O.J. Howard and Cameron Brate, they seem to be the obvious winners in the trade. Just looking at the odds for Tampa Bay with Gronkowski, everyone knows the difference he can make next season.

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If Gronkowski is anywhere near where he was before he retired, the Buccaneers have quite the offensive unit. Besides Gronkowski, Brady will also be tossing passes to Mike Evans and Chris Godwin. Not to mention, Ronald Jones is poised for an increased role in 2020.

The last season that Gronkowski played in the NFL was in 2018 with the Patriots. Even when he was so-called ‘washed up,’ the former second-round pick still managed to record 47 receptions for 682 yards and three touchdowns. Above all, he helped New England secure their sixth Super Bowl title in 2018.

Without a doubt, Tampa Bay had a talented roster before Gronkowski decided he wanted to reunite with Brady. In the event that he can stay healthy, it’s hard to argue that the Buccaneers aren’t among the Super Bowl favorites in the NFC.