No NFL team has had a more eventful offseason than the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. They signed Tom Brady, brought Rob Gronkowski out of retirement, and traded up to draft Tristan Wirfs.
Those offseason moves have improved their odds to win the Super Bowl significantly. At FanDuel Sportsbook, Tampa Bay is now +1500 to win next year's title, good enough for fifth-best in the entire league. That's surprising considering the Buccaneers went 7-9 last season and have the team with the fourth-best odds, the New Orleans Saints (+1200), playing in their division.
Wagering on the Buccaneers is to trust Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski and head coach Bruce Arians to find some past magic. At 42 years old, Brady finally started to show signs of decline in 2019. It was his worst season in years, fittingly ending with an ignominious pick-six in a loss to the Tennessee Titans.
Meanwhile, Gronkowski has spent the last year as a television analyst and wrestling star. He was already showing signs of decline before his retirement, and he's only projected to reach about 600 receiving yards next season.
That's not to say the Buccaneers aren't a contender — counting out Tom Brady is the last thing any analyst should do. However, putting them ahead of teams like the Dallas Cowboys (+1700) and Green Bay Packers (+2300) feels like an overreaction. Those two have a clear path to win their respective divisions, while the Buccaneers must contend with the Saints before even making the playoffs.
The Buccaneers should be firmly in contention for a wild card spot with the expanded playoffs, but it remains to be seen whether Tampa Bay can back the preseason hype by winning the Super Bowl.
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