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Bucs should start with secondary when free agency opens

Janoris Jenkins would be a major upgrade at corner if the Bucs can win the sweepstakes for him. Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images

Here are the moves the Tampa Bay Buccaneers should consider when free agency opens at 4 p.m. ET Wednesday:

Make the secondary the No. 1 priority: The Buccaneers need help at every position in the secondary after having one of the NFL's worst pass defenses last season. They gave up 31 touchdown passes, and opposing QBs completed an NFL-high 70 percent of their passes and had a 102.5 passer rating, which was worse than all but one team (New Orleans, 116.2). Cornerbacks Sean Smith and Janoris Jenkins and safety Eric Weddle should be high on the Bucs' list of potential targets.

Pursue DE Olivier Vernon: Miami used the transition tag on him, so the Dolphins have the right to match any offer, but the Bucs should make a serious run at Vernon. They need edge playmakers, and Vernon is one of the league's top young rushers. This might drop lower on the priority list depending on how they address their secondary issues, but he should be the Bucs' top option as a pass-rusher.

Join the crowd pursuing Kelechi Osemele: The Bucs need to upgrade the interior of the offensive line, and Osemele is one of the top young linemen available. He's a road grader but impressively athletic, too, and can play guard or tackle. Osemele might be out of the Bucs' price range, but, if they're not able to get help in the secondary or in the pass rush, he should be an option.

Maybe wait a bit on RB Doug Martin: If the Bucs can't get a deal done before free agency begins, the best approach might be to wait and see what the market is for running backs. Despite the fact he was second in the NFL in rushing in 2015, there are still questions about Martin. In his four seasons, he has rushed for more than 1,400 yards twice -- and less than 500 twice, while plagued by injuries. Other teams might be a bit leery of Martin, which should help the Bucs.