I think it's a bit early to be worrying about forfeiting 2022 comp picks. Like worrying about the Eagles signing zendajas at safety a few years back -- it resolved itself with no forfeiture. Plus Sudfeld is now a FA and if he signs somewhere then the forfeiture is probably "re-forfeited," right.
As to what we paid Flacco, I don't see it as a giveaway. Doubling of salary is more a commentary on Flacco's situation when he signed his 2020 contract. He needed to get onto a roster, without being able to do camp or being available for the first several weeks of the season. We paid Sudfeld $2MM last year -- if Flacco was ready for a season he gets more than Sudfeld.
Personally I wanted Tyrod Taylor, Mariotta or Brissett in that order. Taylor signed for $5.5M + $8 incentives; Brissett $5.0M +$8M incentives and Mariotta just re-signed today for $3.5M + $8M in incentives. I suspect that Mariotta re-signing today may have impacted doing the Flacco deal, and he probably wanted a few more bucks guaranteed this year in exchange for reducing the incentives content.