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Falcons suggest Michael Penix Jr. could sit out 'four or five years'

Falcons suggest Michael Penix Jr. could sit out 'four or five years'

The Falcons outdid themselves by taking a quarterback with the eighth overall pick in the draft, just six weeks after making a nine-figure financial commitment to Kirk Cousins. They are now trying to clean up the mess they made in their relationship with the veteran.

On Friday, GM Terry Fontenot suggested Penix could sit out a very long time.

“If you believe in a quarterback, you take him,” Fontenot said. “And If he sits for four or five yearsThis is a big problem because we do well in this position.

First, the only big problem is that there is no problem.

Secondly, it will be Not great, Bob If Penix sits for four or five years. His contract lasts for four years. What are they going to do, pick up the fifth year option and let him sit as well? Sign him to a long-term deal or franchise tag him for year six, even if he never plays?

They didn't recruit Penix to sit with him for four or five years. At most, it's three. The most likely number is two. And it could be as short as one, if Kirk Cousins ​​doesn't hit the ground running quickly — and if the locker room, media and/or clients start clamoring for Penix.

The Falcons created chaos. They should have signed a placeholder-style quarterback, like Gardner Minshew or Sam Darnold, and then they should have taken Penix.

This isn't Aaron Rodgers sitting three years behind Brett Favre or Jordan Love sitting three years behind Rodgers. This is a top-10 pick that is positioned behind a 35-year-old mid-major player with flashes of greatness who is still recovering from a torn Achilles tendon and who has yet to catch a snap for the Falcons.

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This is a mess. its a problem. There is a possibility that this could end up being a “big problem.” It is likely to be a problem in the normal way.

Because it already is.