The PR Bucs Monday Mailbag is where PewterReport.com’s Mark Cook answers your questions from our Twitter account. You can submit your question each week via Twitter using the hashtag #PRMailbag.

Below are the questions we chose for this week’s edition of the PR Bucs Monday Mailbag.

Question: What are the odds of a trade for Jets Pro Bowl safety Jamal Adams? Sounds like he wants out and we all know he’s perfect for Todd Bowles and that would complete the secondary.

Answer: In a Madden video game world, the Bucs would click the trade button for Jamal Adams and go 19-0 in their Super Bowl-winning season. Unfortunately, this isn’t a Playstation console game Tampa Bay is playing. The biggest issue would be compensation. It most likely would cost the Bucs – or any team – at least a first-round draft pick for Adams, if not more. That’s not terrible considering teams would be acquiring an All-Pro plug-and-play star. But Adams is in the last year of his rookie contract and will want to be paid as the NFL’s highest-paid safety when he becomes a free agent following the 2020 season.

Bucs GM Jason Licht
Bucs GM Jason Licht – Photo by: Scott Reynolds/PR

For the Buccaneers it comes down to choices. Do they want to solidify the safety position, or keep their front seven intact? Do they want a stellar safety in Adams and then not be able to extend the contract of wide receiver Chris Godwin?

There is little doubt Adams would be a great player in Todd Bowles defense in Tampa Bay considering Adams played for Bowles in New York, but based on his contract expiring soon, the draft pick compensation and the money he will be due a year from now, it is nearly impossible for Tampa Bay to make a deal, especially with so many of the team’s own free agents needing new deals this year. Make no mistake, the Bucs would be competing against a number of other teams who would also love to have Adams on their defense, so it wouldn’t be a slam dunk that general manager Jason Licht would win the trade war for Adams’ services.

I would suggest letting the year play out and let the Bucs sign their own players, let the draft happen, then re-visit Adams next offseason if he’s still available. Maybe Tampa Bay’s salary cap is in a clearer spot and the Bucs could find some money to attempt to sign him as a free agent in 2021.

Question: What are the most important steps/pieces needed this offseason to get the Bucs back to the playoffs?

Answer: The Bucs need help at safety, along the offensive line and the team also needs a dynamic running back to pair with Ronald Jones II. Oh, and there is this little matter of finding a way to cut down on turnovers from the quarterback position, assuming Jameis Winston is re-signed or given the franchise tag.

Bucs QB Jameis Winston – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
Bucs QB Jameis Winston – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

As I have pointed out in previous PewterReport.com Bucs Monday Mailbags, Pewter Nation Podcasts and other interviews, this football team wasn’t terribly far away from being a 10-win team – maybe even an 11-5 football team. So bolstering some of the positions I mentioned would only make sense that Tampa Bay could be in playoff contention in 2020. But at the end of the day, getting to the playoffs and actually winning will come down to eliminating turnovers. The Bucs have had a bad penchant for beating themselves over the years.

In last week’s four wild card games, winning quarterbacks threw a total of just one interception. In the four divisional games this past weekend, winning quarterbacks once again threw just one interception. You just aren’t going to see a quarterback throw two or three interceptions in a playoff game and win.

Question: Who do you think would be a better fit in Arian’s offense? Washington’s Jacob Eason or Utah State’s Jordan Love?

Answer: While neither excites me as a long-term solution at quarterback, that wasn’t the question, so I will look at it from a scouting perspective. I asked PewterReport.com and The Draft Network’s Trevor Sikkema to weigh in, as he and Scott Reynolds are much more in tune with QB prospects.

“There are a few components that are needs for what we would consider an ‘Arians quarterback,'” Sikkema said. “First, they have to have a strong enough arm to not only push the ball down the field vertically, but also zip passes into tight window. Without that as the baseline, quarterbacks won’t be able to play in this offense. Both Love and Eason check those boxes.

Washington QB Jacob Eason
Washington QB Jacob Eason – Photo by: Getty Images

“The next is they have to have a very high football IQ. With all of the option routes with different wide receivers and the sheer size of Arians’ playbook, the QB have to be smart to play in this offense. I believe that both Eason and Love are smart football players (though I’ve never sat down and talked with them), but there are parts of their games that worry me. For Eason, it’s how night and day he seems to pass the ball in a clean pocket versus pressure. For Love, it is the same turnover problems Winston seems to have. Both don’t see the field as clearly as they need to right now. They’re young, so they could develop that, but unless teams really sit down and talk with a guy teams won’t know.

“The final one is that quarterbacks have to be able to take criticism. They have to be mentally tough to be an Arian protégé. Carson Palmer said himself that Arians is going to get in your face, he isn’t going to give you an B.S. and he won’t settle for failure. If the player can’t take hard, real criticism and turn it into motivation, focus and improvement, they won’t last. Both Eason and Love have the arm to succeed in Tampa, but do they have the mentality to do so? That’s the question, one I can’t answer without really knowing them. That’s what interviews at the Senior Bowl, the NFL Scouting Combine and the pro days are for.”

Question: Do you think the Glazers will have a major say as to the future of Jameis Winston in Tampa?

Answer: At the end of the day, the Glazers have all the say. The ownership group has put their trust in general manager Jason Licht and head coach Bruce Arians and very rarely meddle in the personnel side of things. But when a team is talking about committing potentially $100 million guaranteed, that is when Licht and Arians will surely get their bosses to sign off on that.

Bucs GM Jason Licht and the Glazers - Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
Bucs GM Jason Licht and the Glazers – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

With that said, the Glazer family likes Jameis Winston. They stuck their necks out on the line to a degree to allow Licht to even draft Winston despite knowing the character concerns that came during the pre-draft process from his days at Florida State. The Glazers also stood by Winston as he was suspended three games by the NFL for allegedly groping a female Uber driver in 2016. Outside of that incident, Winston has pretty much been everything the Glazers have wanted in their potential franchise quarterback – from an off-the-field perspective anyway.

Arians was brought to Tampa Bay with the plan to win a Super Bowl and the premise that it would happen with Winston under center. But no one – not even the harshest Winston doubters – saw a 30-interception season from Winston in 2019. So if the Bucs do decide Winston is their guy in 2020 and perhaps beyond, the Glazes will have to be in agreement and fully trust that Licht and Arians have the organization’s best interests in mind.

Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, surfing and family time at the beach. In addition, Cook can be found in front of a television or in Doak Campbell any time the FSU Seminoles are playing. Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at [email protected]

54 COMMENTS

  1. How about trading Jensen and either Brate or Howard along with a 4th round pick for Adams and a 5th round pick? Trading Jensen and Brate would open up a fair amount of cap room

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  2. If the Bucs want to trade OJ and the Jets are interested in him. Then OJ and a 3rd. Just my opinion

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    • Anything less than a 1st round would be a waste for him and we aren’t going to get that for him. OJ is practically free on his rookie contract, trading him would be foolish unless it was exactly the piece we really needed, just a slightly better safety doesn’t cut it.

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    • I like that much better than trading Brate and Jensen. I get where Huskerbuc is comming from – from a cap stand point- and Howard is still on his rookie contract.

      But Jensen and Marpet together are just nasty- they get no help from the tackle when teamed on that side, and Jensen is quick to stand up for the QB. Brate, i believe should restructure. But he is Jameis’ safety blanket…especially in the redzone- we just didnt see it as much this year and isnt used as heavily as he used to be under Kotter- this is why i think he should restructure (take a pay cut).

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      • Keep Marpet, Jensen, move D. Smith to right side, draft LT and RG.

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  3. After watching the quarterback play this weekend, I just don’t see Winston ever becoming a top five, or maybe even a top ten quarterback. I certainly wouldn’t pay him like he is one. If we can get him back for something reasonable fine, but otherwise we need to move on.

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    • Which available Top 5 can you sign this season to replace him?

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  4. The answer to this question has been the same for Licht’s entire tenure in Tampa Bay….fix the Offensive Line!!!!! Do that, and the running game instantly gets better, Winston gets to play under less duress, the defense sees the field less often, special teams is in better position to perform better, and so forth.

    It’s not rocket surgery…our OLine (apart from Marpet) needs help, give it to them….finally.

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    • @eastendboy The Titans have the best O-Line in the playoffs right now and they beat NE and Baltimore to get into the AFC Championship game as the #6 Seed. Jason Licht would take note but he’s too busy trying to figure out which kicker he wants to draft in the first round to replace Matt Gay who replaced Roberto Aguayo because as we all know Good Draft Capital is easy to come by and begs to be wasted.

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      • You missed the most important ingredient to those two wins for Tennessee: Coaching and Defense.

        The offensive line didn’t win those games. Henry was hit at or near the line of scrimmage on nearly every carry. Ronald Jones would have been tackled right there. The Bucs need a running back. No offense to ROJo, but I have little faith that he’s more than a slasher and change of pace guy.

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        • The Titans didn’t win that game Lamar Jackson chocked. Jackson doesn’t play like Winston and they would easily beat the Titans.

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        • @big-sombrero Henry had 195 yards off of 30 carries for a 6.5 average. I’m not saying he isn’t a great RB but you don’t get nearly 200 rushing yards with a sub-par O-Line. Plus Ryan Tannehill was only sacked once in the game.

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          • His longest run of the day was on 3rd and 1. He was hit behind the line of scrimmage and ran through a few tackles for 58 yards. He stiff armed and shook off multiple tackles. That is ALL HENRY.

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    • Rocket surgery or brain science. Half of one, 6 dozen of the other.

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      • That was the joke 😂

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        • Thank God I got it or that would be so embarrassing!

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    • This would be a perfect subject for someone at Pewter Report to research and give us an in depth analysis of the question.

      What has been the thinking of Licht and staff on the OL for the past five years. How does Licht determine the priorities for the team regardless of the head coach’s desire. How does he decide as well as in consultation with his head coach at any given time. Ultimately personnel decision are the responsibility of the GM. Can anyone be found to give us some local “insider” insight?

      How about it, Mark? You are the guy who has a lot to say about the editorial content here. Do you not choose for yourself or assign to others on the staff some of the topics featured here on PR? We do understand that Scott has the final say about many things.

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      • This was supposed to line up under EastEndBoy’s remarks at 12:25. … So much for the PR software.

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  5. Why is the PR staffing pushing safety as a need?

    Curious because between Whitehead, Dixon and Edwards the Bucs have three young promising safeties. And then you can resign Andrew Adams.

    So what gives?

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    • Agreed. And that’s a good start at safety. If Evans can finally come back healthy then this is a very solid young group. I love Whitehead. He’s an animal and Edwards need more experience, but I think he’ll show serious progression year two under Bowels.

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  6. As dominate as Lamar Jackson a Jameis 3.0 QB high energy big passes but with pressure of playoffs 2 stupid fumbles and 2 INTs his team was blown out. TO WIN IN PLAYOFFS YOU NEED A SOLID RELIABLE QB WHICH JAMEIS IS NOT!!!!!!!!!!

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    • Ummmm….. you do realize the kid is in his second year. Its called growth. He wasn’t even supposed to be in any conversations at the beginning of this year. From yr1 to yr2 was a crazy jump. Why even spew hate and venom on another QB when he is far far far far as far as possible from any conversations dealing with the Bucs.

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      • Because that’s all he is made of, pure Hate… Like a typical Saints Fan 😂

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        • Are sure he is not an old Philly Eagles fan or a really disgruntled old Oakland Raiders fan? LOL

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          • Bob is a Broncos fan. No QB issues there. LOL

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  7. Draft offensive line help every round this year. It is a deep class, so take advantage of it. Historically our O-line has been the week link. People keep saying Smith isn’t so bad, but still he can’t protect the blindside from elite Defensive ends. They say Gruber was great and maybe he was, but the team was still terrible. Winston might be a great quarterback or he might be horrible, but it’s hard to play the game when your O-line is always saying “LOOK OUT” or “MY BAD! I’ll block’em better next time.

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  8. Lamar Jackson picked a bad day to have his worst game of the season, but forget him, how about Tannyhill? Who’d a thunk the Miami castoff would win two road playoff games? Sometimes change is good. Who knows how Winston would fair with a different team, or how a player like Dalton might be able to win here. Nobody thought highly of Wilson in the draft, he lasted till the third round. Mahomes was picked 11th, not far from 14th, Andy Reed saw the talent, same with L. Jackson picked in the bottom of the first even though his team had a SB winning suppose it franchise QB. So I’m not buying none of these kids outside of Burrow aren’t going to be good, you never know. Bucs do need to draft a QB, regardless if Winston comes back. We don’t have good enough relief pitchers in the bull pen. As far as paying big money, and trading for a safety, what are you nuts? I’d rather put the money to keeping the D line in tact.

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    • Tennessee does not have Tannyhill do very much at the QB position. Both of his playoff wins he threw for under 100 yards. The Bucs ask to do everything for their offense.
      Jamies is an elite talent, but the lack of a running game and his desire to not throw the ball away is what caused so many picks this year.
      The Bucs need to bring Jamies back, but they have got to get it through to him that its ok to give up on a play and they have got to give him a decent running game.

      To put Tannyhill’s production in the playoffs into perspective. Jamies last road game he threw for 458 yards(Bucs rushing attack 29 carries for 49 yards at 1.7 yards per carry). It would take Tannyhill almost six games to equal this one game of production and that is with a stacked box trying to stop the Titans lethal running game(averaging 5.4 yards per carry and 209 yards per game).

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  9. Why trade for Adams, when you can just draft Grant Delpit at 14?

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    • Is Grant Delpit as a Safety a greater value than any potential Offensive Tackle who may be available at 14. Are saying that he would fit the best available player at at position of need should he be available there?

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      • If Wirfs/Wills, is not there at 14, I’m looking at Epenesa/Delpit at 14.

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        • Delpit in last nights Championship win, 5 tkls 1 sack 1 TFL and the key hit on Lawrence late in the game that caused a fumble, and LSU to get the ball back to seal the win.

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  10. We really don’t need Adams..he is going to want a lot of money and I really like Whitehead and Edwards..keep in mind that Justin Evans will be back this year too. We need to worry about retaining some of our players before worrying about bringing in guys from the outside. Trading for a player like Adams would make sense if we were in a win now mode and was “one” player away from making a great run but we are in no position to make such a move.

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  11. Are the chances good that the bucs can get a top 3rd round draft pick for Winston?

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    • I really hope so sunshinben

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    • Are the chances good? LOL. The chance of any trade of Winston this year is 0%. You guys are funny.

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      • nfl rates Winston still below average still after 5 yrs with excellent receivers so ,,,so if you pay for season tkts the fumbles ,interceptions ,lying to the team and eta are important . Winning matters!!!

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        • Is that what the NFL rates him? Lol.

          I guess it really only matters what Licht, Arians, and the Glazers rate him since they write the contracts.

          We’ll find out soon enough if you’re right and they immediately trade Winston after they franchise or sign him to a long term deal. I’ll put my money on the fact that Winston is able to win with Arians in year 2, 3, 4, and beyond in this offense.

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          • You’re like a broken record, I’ve heard this wishful thinking for 5 year now he’s not getting better at all.

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          • Buc off, should I disregard everything Carson Palmer said about a QB under Arians in his second year?

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    • Winston isn’t under contract as of March, there’s no chance on a trade. Gotta either Draft him some Line help or a Running game or bring in a new WB to run for his life in the meantime.

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      • *QB

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    • Sunshineben, the Bucs can’t “get” anything for Winston. He is set to be an unrestricted free agent, which means he will be re-signed, tagged or they let him walk. They no longer control the rights to him come March 18th at 4PM if they don’t sign or tag him beforehand. I suppose a “sign and trade” would be theoretically possible, but I put the chances of that as HIGHLY unlikely. Winston wants to stay in Tampa Bay so I seriously doubt that he would go along with that.

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  12. Kenyatta Walker was drafted in the first round at #14. He had a good run in the NFL of 6 years. He is the only right tackle the Bucs ever drafted in the first round.

    Ricky Bell, Bo Jackson, Warrick Dunn, Caddy Williams, and Doug Martin are the Bucs 1st round selections at RB.

    This ISN’T rocket science as many of you put it. The Bucs chance of taking a hog at 14 are so slim, its unbelievable. It’s deep at OL in the draft. History of this GM’s drafting strategy shows he floods a position with picks in the 2nd or later.

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    • Oops. Forgot another former right tackle drafted by the Bucs in McRae. The complete list of offensive linemen the Bucs have drafted in the 1st round:

      G Ray Snell
      G Sean Ferrell
      OT Paul Gruber
      OT Charles McRae
      OT Kenyatta Walker
      G Davin Joseph

      Gruber was excellent. Davin Joseph was above average. Walker was solid. Everyone else was a complete bust. The Bucs would be best served to build on last year’s team by changing Barber for an immediate upgrade at Running Back.

      The only other position the Bucs should address in round 1 instead of running back is defensive end or defensive tackle. No Safeties! Mark Barron is the lone safety drafted in the 1st for a reason!

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      • I thinks it’s not so much who the team drafted in past years but who’ve they passed on. What was team need and what did the team believed they had. Marlon Mack, Dalvin Cook, Kareem Hunt were passed on by the Bucs. Same with Lineman.
        All in all the team needs to better evaluate their own players and a better job of choosing pieces that will help the team.

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        • Marlon Mack, Dalvin Cook, and Kareem Hunt were passed on by everyone. Every team that eventually drafted them picked someone else first.

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  13. Yall need to stop lying to fans. You can win with a few turnovers. The patriots won 2 of their last superbowls while brady threw 2 ints in both games. Against the seattle he threw 2 and one was in the dreaded red zone. Against the falcons, he threw 2. One of the ints was a dreaded pick six. A few years ago the great russell wilson threw 4 ints against the packers and still won. It takes a TEAM to win. That means kickers dont miss 3 kicks and defense dont give up 35 points with or without offensive turnovers. I can give plenty more games where the winning team/qb had multiple turnovers and still won but i chose to just provide examples of the greats this town seem to drool over. The problem is this team has not been a good team all around and therefore we blame the qb for everything. If your team is good, you can overcome turnovers. Its been done. Jameis is not the problem. Oh and he can still put up 30+ with multiple turnovers.

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  14. It’s O line for goodness sake!!! Keep Rojo and Barber, add a solid third back, get rid of Dare OG and put a gameplan together that actually incorporates the running game, that’s it!!!!!

    And sorry, but safety is not a problem or priority. Whitehead is a solid starter. Edwards needed the year to mature. Justin Evans should be back [unless PR has info you’re not sharing????] and we have Adams in the fold as well. If we end up needing a player, we can see how things shake out in spring/summer.

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  15. This would be very unpopular here but if you wanted to get Jamal Adams, the Buc’s might consider trading Chris Goodwin for him. Both players have one year left on their contract and would be getting a big contract next. The average receiver contract is higher than the average safety contract. The Jets badly need a better wide receiver.

    As good as Goodwin is, Jamal Adams is the best safety in the NFL. If you did that you would be trying to go back to the days of the Bucs defense being the reason you win.

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    • F no! You are out of your damn mind!! The Bucs are not trading Godwin.

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    • There are great safety’s in the draft.

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    • I would trade Mike Evans before trading Godwin away…. I’m not trading Big Mike.

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  16. To help Winston upgrade the OL and get him a stud power back.

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