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Falcons suggest Michael Penix Jr. could be “four or five years”.

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The Falcons outsmarted 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 for a very long time.

“If you believe in a quarterback, you should take him,” Fontenot said. “And when he is four or five years oldThat's a big problem because we're doing so well in this position.”

First of all, the one big problem is not a problem.

Secondly, it will be not great, Bob if Penix serves four or five years. His contract lasts four years. What are they going to do, pick up his fifth-year option and then let him sit? Sign him to a long-term deal or franchise tag him for year six even if he's never played?

They didn't draft Penix to serve him four or five years. There are three at most. The most likely number is two. And it could be as short as one, if Kirk Cousins ​​doesn't hit the ground sprinting — and if the locker room and/or the media and/or the customers start clamoring for Penix.

The Falcons made a mess of it. They should have signed a placeholder style quarterback like Gardner Minshew or Sam Darnold and then taken Penix.

This isn't Aaron Rodgers three years behind Brett Favre, or Jordan Love three years behind Rodgers. This is a top-10 pick parked behind a 35-year-old mid-range starter with flashes of greatness who is still recovering from a torn Achilles tendon and who has never played a snap for the Falcons.

This is a mess. It's a problem. There's a chance it will become a 'big deal'. The normal way is much more likely to be a problem.

Because it already is.

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