If they'd have only taken care of the wr in round 1 last year.Cut:
You lose almost no production, save some money, and start addressing the cap now.
The offense can still be dynamic with what's left. Cook is easy to replace. Thielen isn't hard to replace either, especially if they draft a WR in Round 1.
So, in 2023 you can have a good offense, a horrible defense (so remain even with 2022), and then have a chance to set the defense straight for 2024.