Agreed. Contracts aside how many guys on this team look like they'll be high end starters in 2023 or 2024? Maybe 3 guards? Duggar? Maybe JC Jackson? Perhaps if some of the younger players really take off or Wynn improves _and_ gets over the injury problems he's had so far in his career?They had key guys around them though - the defenders I mentioned above, then Seymour with a high pick, later Wilfork. And of course, Brady. Then in 2010, they added Gronk and McCourty, who were mainstays throughout the decade to follow, and Hightower a couple years later. The middle class is important, but you can't build a whole team out of milddle class. You use free agency to plug holes and supplement where you need to. The problem with this team is there's no core.
The only good news is a team can turn around quickly. The bad news is that teams often dont turn around quickly.