They haven't really gotten younger. They signed FA on the young side, but other than Judon swapping in for John Simon and Jalen Mills replacing Jason McCourty, the FAs are replacing younger or same-aged players. Like Kendrick Bourne is young, but he's likely to take N'Keal Harry's snaps, so they'll actually get older at WR. And of course all the holdover players got a year older. It's tough to get young through FA; you gotta get young through the draft.Given how they've attacked this offseason, and their current roster situation, it makes ALL the sense in the world for the Pats to go for it at QB this year in the draft. It's a huge need moving forward, they have a full roster of highly competent NFL players, they've gotten younger, and they have tons of draft resources available to make the move.
Doesn't mean it will happen, but if there's any year to go for it, this is it.
They don't really have tons of draft resources, either; they have a good amount of day three assets but an average amount for day one / two.
Where I do agree with you is this draft looks to be unusually deep at QB.
Eating $40 MM sucks, but so does paying Ryan almost $50 MM, and so does kicking the can down the road. Their options all stink. I don't think the Falcons are going anywhere, and they haven't been good in a while. Any time you are bad enough to pick top five, you oughta at least consider taking a QB.I see what you are saying about the sunk cost, but the lingering question I have would be why would the Falcons want to select a QB at 4, who will be the 4th QB taken in the draft, who may never be as good as Matt Ryan, AND absorb a $40M cap hit next year? He will be a quality player for at least 3-4 more seasons. I'd much rather ride that train than potentially be back drafting another QB in 3 years like the Jets.