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Moving on from defending Freeman. He has some work to do, definitely, but he's not the real problem to our woes this season. I think every educated Buc fan out there would agree that the secondary needs to be fixed and soon!First, lets assume that Ronde has played his last game as a Buc. I will sorely miss seeing #20 making plays all over the field. Hopefully, he rubbed off a little on Barron, Leonard Johnson and Ahmad Black. Second, lets assume Eric Wright is history. I think this is one of the worst signings in Domink's tenure. Not quite as bad as Quincy Black, but pretty bad okay? I was worried about this one from the get go but was to euphoric to see clearly at the time due to the Jackson and Nicks signing. Wright will not be missed.Third, as I eluded to in the first assumption, I think the only real bright spots in our secondary at the moment are Mark Barron, Leonard Johnson and Ahmad Black. The rest of them can walk the plank. Biggers, Gaitor, all of them. So, if those three are the only ones retained, how to proceed for next season? First, we have to look hard at free agency. There are definitely some options out there. People will probably think that Mike Jenkins or Dominque Rogers-Cromartie are the best options. Wrong. At least for this team, they are not the right fits. Pending any unforeseen cuts, I think Brent Grimes and believe it or not, Quentin Jammer might be some pretty solid signings that won't break the bank. Grimes is a very good corner that is coming off a season-long achilles injury. There will be some question marks, however, he is very familiar with NFC South receivers after playing for the Falcons. Coming off the injury, and with Atlanta being in decent shape with their corners, I think he can be had for a decent price. Jammer is very intriguing. Sure, he is getting old, but he is still five years younger than Ronde. He is also a very good cover corner and solid tackler. Additionally, he is a great locker room presence and all-around good guy. Jammer is most likely out in San Diego. With his age, we can probably get a couple of good seasons out of him and perhaps move him to FS in a few years. I think he could step in and fill some of that void left behind by Ronde. Next, we have to look at the draft. We simply must make a significant investment at the corner position. Im going with the popular selection, Jonathan Banks out of MSU. He needs to add some weight but he has all of the tools to be a top-flight, shutdown corner in this league for many years. Plus, coming from the SEC, he has faced top notch competition. I wouldn't be opposed to visiting the corner position again. Even if Banks is available, Id still be interested in drafting Desmond Trufant or David Amerson in the 2nd/3rd round. With all of that, I think the secondary could go from historically bad to top half of the league. I would definitely be comfortable with the following lineup on opening kickoff:CB1: Brent GrimesCB2: Quentin JammerCB3: Jonathan BanksCB4: Leonard JohnsonSS: Mark BarronFS: Ahmad BlackUnfortunately, there is more work to be done than just rebuilding the secondary. The defensive line will need shoring up as well. However, this will be nowhere near as extensive as the work needed in the secondary. With Clayborn coming back from injury and a blossoming DeQuan Bowers (very impressed with this kid), our defensive ends could be set. McCoy has had a great season and more pressure from the ends will only help him. I think Roy Miller should be a priority for us to resign. Now, what to do with Michael Bennett? I think unless he can be had for cheap (hometown discount, whatever you want to call it), we have to let him walk. We have invested too much in d-line and I think that Clayborn and Bowers can equal if not surpass his output. Really, I think we are dealing with depth along the line. Again, the draft would probably be the best place to start. On the offensive side of the ball, I see four things that should be addressed: RB2, WR3, TE1, and LT2. For RB2 and WR3, I look to two St Louis Rams for the answer, and they wont be cheap. If there is one guy I want badly in free agency, it's Stephen Jackson. His days as a primary ball carrier are probably done. However, this dude would be amazing for us subbing for Dougie and in the 4th quarter. He is an excellent pass blocker and receiver out of the back field and gives Josh a helluva an insurance policy on check downs. Again, he wont be cheap but damn! Can you imagine our running attack with Doug Marting and Steven Jackson running behind a healthy Carl Nicks and Davin Joesph? Whew! For WR3, Id love have Danny Amendola. Perfect fit for our offense. He has speed, sure hands and is an excellent route runner. He gives Josh options underneath. He probably won't be cheap either. TE1 and LT2 wont be easy either. LT2 should be addressed in the draft. I just cant see 70 continuing to play injury free. Not with his weight issues. Regarding TE1, I think the only real options will be Martellus Bennett or Dustin Keller from the NY teams. I think pairing them with Stocker would make a very good TE tandem. So, imagine this offense:QB1: Josh FreemanRB1: Doug MartinRB2: Steven JacksonWR1: Vincent JacksonWR2: Mike WilliamsWR3: Danny AmendolaTE1: Martellus Bennett/Dustin KellerTE2: Luke StockerWell, there you have it. What I believe is the blueprint for putting this team in the playoffs and possibly the SuperBowl. Of course, it could be considered a pipe-dream. However, all of the free agents I have mentioned will cost us but none will break the bank. It is all posted for conversations sake and I think this is much more productive than breaking out the torches and pitchforks for Freeman and Schiano.