Physically they are similar, but Sutton has better agility and he runs much better routes than Parker, he gets open a lot, where Parker doesn't, being more of a jump specialist. Also, Sutton is 2 years younger and his injury issues aren't as recent.
and the salary is why you might be able to get him for a day 3 pick, given how much cap space we have, and that he'd likely be willing to re-structure given he has no guarantees after this year, I wouldn't be that concerned.
Restructuring is just kicking the can - I can't imagine Sutton taking less than the $14M guaranteed. You can spread it over two or three years, but that doesn't make it go away. And his production is virtually identical to Parker's.
Why is this such common sense in NE nowadays? Wasn't said foray directly responsible for turning the roster around so they made the playoffs with a rookie QB immediately in the same year? Sure, Jonnu sucked and Agholor didn't really live up to his contract, but Judon is your best player, Hunter Henry has lived up to expectations, Kendrick Bourne was really good with an actual OC, Mills has been a starter when healthy, so has Trent Brown and Devon Godchaux, I'd argue those guys compose a large part of the talent base of the team. It's not like all of them broke the bank, they spent a lot because they gave moderate money to a high amount of players. And it worked fine.
Judon was a great signing. Henry was fine in the way that successful big signings are fine-he's probably not quite worth what he's getting paid, but it's not far off. Probably true for Godchaux as well. Agholor and Jonnu were complete busts and horrible moves. That's not a great hit rate for the big money guys.
I would argue Bourne, Mills, Brown, (and re-signing Wise and Kyle Van Noy and some other moves largely forgotten, like Henry Anderson) are more typical Patriots moves, mid-level additions that had potential upside. Those are the kind of things they do almost every year, with enough of a hit rate to make them worthwhile. They're what they're doing this year, too. These kind of acquisitions weren't the issue; it was the misses on the big-ticket guys that hurt.
Did it? When there's so much they could have borrowed from future years and still remained as one of the teams with most cap space in 23/24/25? It's fine if they weren't willing to go there, but then you have the coach talking about how little you actually spend even though they're up to the cap every year. I guess I'm just less understanding of this approach when it has been sold to me for years just how much of an advantage in roster construction having a QB on a rookie deal is. The Pats had the reset year in 2020, that's when they pretty much cleared the board and then they added pieces in 2021 that elevated the talent level of the team on average to pretty much the extent they paid for (in my mind). If Robert wasn't willing to give out big deals in 2022 following that, it's perfectly fine, but I don't really get what the excuse should be now to be quite honest. The sky isn't falling, I'm not a Felger & Mazz caller, not trying to be Rod from Quincy here, I know there's ample time and opportunity to make deals, just saying they have room to spend and they should do so.
I think the bolded is largely overblown. Obviously it's nice, but the rookie QBs that have made waves are largely just great players that would be great making big chunks of the cap, too-we saw that with Mahomes this year.
Had the Patriots borrowed from the 2023 cap last year, they wouldn't be one of the teams with the most cap space this year. Maybe that would have still been smart, as probably some of the players they would have added would still be useful on this year's team. But the cap space comes from somewhere.