Two short seasons ago, the Patriots almost pulled off an absolute stunner. Prior to the 2018 NFL Draft, the New England Patriots almost sent TE Rob Gronkowski packing to the Detroit Lions. Since then, Gronk never looked at Patriots head coach Bill Belichick the same. Once the Patriots knocked off the Rams 13-3 in last year’s Super Bowl, Gronk decided to call it a quits. A little over a year later, Gronk follows Tom Brady to Tampa Bay. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have made it official late Tuesday night, announcing the transaction on their social media accounts. This not only changes the AFC East and the NFC South but Fantasy Football in 2020 as well.
AFC East Impact
The New England Patriots actually improved with the departure of Gronk. Think about that. This move gives Bill Belichick an upgrade of a 7th round pick to a 4th round pick. The Patriots never even imagined Gronk would come back. They will gladly take the free upgrade. With that being said, of course, New England is sad to see Brady and Gronk now call Tampa home.
The rest of the AFC East is sleeping well tonight. The Bills and the Jets have on the rise QBs, and the Dolphins may add to that conversation by drafting Tua or Herbert. Meanwhile, New England has no QB capable of a playoff run and just lost the rights to the best TE of all time. They lost a plethora of other free agents as well. They lost the best TE and QB to ever play the game. It is time for a new era in the East.
NFC South Impact
Already favored to win the division after landing Tom Brady, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers just extended their odds. They land the best TE of all time, and defenses just won’t have enough guys to keep up. They will now face the likes of Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, OJ Howard, Cameron Brate, and yes Gronk every Sunday.
Gronk may very well impact draft decisions by teams in the South. Teams may be more inclined to take LSU LB/Safety Isaiah Simmons to try and help slow down “Tompa Bay”. The Falcons may have considered elsewhere before, but not anymore. Teams had their hands full last season guarding the Bucs, and that was without Gronk and Brady.
Lets not forget, it only took the Buccaneers a hop, skip, and a jump to land Gronk. They sent a 4th round draft pick in this years draft and in return got Gronk and some draft capital. Somehow, Bucs GM Jason Licht was able to get a 7th round draft pick back as well. Bravo, Jason. Now go use the rest of that salary cap on Tony Jeferson.
Gronk, Howard, and Brate enter the red zone. What happens next? You got that right. Fire them cannons. This move is huge for Tom Brady in the red zone. Look for “Tom terrific” to become “Touchdown Tom”.
This move impacts the fan base as well. From the 2009-2019 NFL season, you can tune into Buccaneers games being played in an empty Raymond James Stadium. Jerseys from the 1990s squad still all in attendance (Not that it is an issue, but no new jerseys in the sea). Now, fans can barely get their hands on season tickets and jerseys are selling at record clips.
Fantasy Football Impact
This is huge on all occasions for fantasy football players around the globe. The #1 TE in fantasy is now back on the board, and Bradys stock shoots through the roof. Gronk is easily a TE1 in fantasy each and every Sunday. With the likes of Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, and the rest of the gang, Gronk can push a 10 catch 2 TD 120 yard stat line every Sunday.
Look for Gronk not only to lineup as a TE but perhaps WR as well. If the Buccaneers elect to keep OJ Howard and Cameron Brate, they will have to get creative with packages. Maybe Gronk can gain that WR eligibility and make him that much more valuable.
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