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NFL Power Rankings and Super Bowl Odds still underestimate Buccaneers

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were surprisingly active in free agency. They didn't make any blockbuster signings, but they certainly added several potentially important players -- and re-signing Doug Martin was a big move. All those moves didn't affect people's views of the Bucs' chances in the NFC South this year, though.

In his power rankings, Danny Kelly ranked the Bucs 27th, despite being positive about the moves the team made.

The Lions, Buccaneers, Eagles and Chargers all had impressive hauls in free agency, as well.

Meanwhile, the Bucs signed defensive end Robert Ayers from New York, nabbed corner Brent Grimes after Miami released him and re-signed safety Chris Conte. On offense, it was big to re-sign Doug Martin and they got a nasty, tough guard to open up lanes for him in J.R. Sweezy.

That's significantly worse than Elliot Harrison of NFL.com, who ranked them 20th.

Similarly, the team's Super Bowl odds remain low. Free agency had no effect on Bovada's estimates of the Bucs' chances, and betting on them to win the Super Bowl will still get you 50/1 odds. Only five teams received worse odds.

Of course, these rankings don't really mean all that much. More than anything, they just reflect what happened last year -- it's rare to see either power rankings or Super Bowl odds stray very far from the previous season's win totals. That just is what it is.