Rob Gronkowski is being traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in a move that instantly sets the franchise up to make a Super Bowl run in 2020.
The terms: According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the New England Patriots landed a fourth-round pick in exchange for Gronk and a seventh-round pick.
The big picture: This move set the NFL world ablaze. The reality that Tom Brady will once again have his most trusted weapon — this time in Tampa Bay — means the Bucs have a chance to seriously challenge for a title this coming season.
But, if Gronk can stay healthy, he and the Buccaneers will be a huge problem for the rest of the league this coming season.
What an arsenal: Tom Brady already was walking into a situation in which he got a huge upgrade in offensive talent when he initially signed with the Bucs. Now, with Gronk in the mix, Tampa Bay has arguably the most potent group of receivers in the NFL today.
It’s widely believed that O.J. Howard will be traded, and with Gronk in the mix, that’s a guarantee at this point. Regardless, what the Buccaneers have now as an arsenal for the greatest quarterback of all time is nothing short of awe-inspiring.
The bottom line: Sure, the Buccaneers play in a tough division and have to shore up their defense. But this offensive lineup is better than anything Brady has ever had.
With Bruce Arians and up-and-coming coordinator Byron Leftwich calling the shots, it’s hard not to imagine the Buccaneers will put up points like crazy in 2020.
With Gronkowski playing alongside Brady once more this season, the Bucs have the firepower to go all the way. It’s Super Bowl or bust in Tampa Bay, and that’s a fact.