Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Rob Gronkowski Makes the Bucs a Super Team

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers once again acquired a former New England star as they traded a fourth-round pick to the Patriots for retired tight end Rob Gronkowski and a seventh-round pick on Tuesday afternoon.

This trade makes the Bucs a super team, no question about it.

I know Gronk will have to shake the rust off, but once he does that he and new Tampa Bay quarterback Tom Brady will light up opposing defenses in the NFC.

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Gronk, 30, retired in March of 2019 because he “had to recover” and that he was “losing that joy in life.” He also said he was not in a good place.

Well after a year out of the NFL, Gronkowski is returning to play for one of the more interesting teams this offseason, and not only will he catch passes from Brady, who he won three Super Bowls with, but he is scheduled to make $10 million.

Next offseason Gronk will become a free agent.

Here are a few reasons why teams should fear the Bucs in 2020.

Offensive Output

The Bucs are a super team in part because of their offense.

Brady, Gronk, Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, and O.J. Howard will create problems for opposing defenses this season and leave little to the imagination.

Rob Gronkowski caught 79 touchdowns during his nine years in New England and earned four All-Pro selections.

He also played in 16 playoff games during his career, so he’s another veteran who can help younger players get used to big-game scenarios.

Even though he didn’t play last season, Gronk is easily one of the best tight ends in football and will take advantage of defenses in the NFC  South.

Front-7 Firepower

The Bucs have a promising defense anchored by Shaquil Barrett and Lavonte David, who combined for 35.5 tackles for a loss last season.

Barrett also recorded 19.5 sacks and six forced fumbles in ’19.

Tampa also has former LSU linebacker Devin White who had three forced fumbles, 2.5 sacks, and 91 total tackles during his rookie season.

There isn’t a ton of stars on the Bucs roster, but White has the potential to be one.

We also can’t forget about Jason Pierre-Paul who collected 8.5 sacks and 11 tackles for a loss last season and Ndamukong Suh who had 41 tackles and 2.5 sacks.

Sunday Specials

Chris Godwin led the Buccaneers in receiving yards last season with 1,333 yards to go along with his nine touchdowns. The more reps he gets with Brady the better off he’ll be.

Who knows maybe he’ll grow into a star one day, making the Bucs receiving core even scarier.

With the addition of Rob Gronkowski, the Bucs will most likely look to trade one of the tight ends who were on the roster prior to Gronk getting traded.

Tight ends Cameron Brate and O.J. Howard should be candidates to get dealt. Especially, with the tight end position having little buzz in this year’s draft.

Howard caught 34 passes for 459 yards and Brate had 36 grabs for 311 yards.

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