Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Yannick Ngakoue has reported to training camp on Sunday, ending an 11-day holdout over a contract dispute.
Per Michael DiRocco of ESPN, Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Yannick Ngakoue has reported to the team’s facility on Sunday, ahead of the first preseason game of the season against the Baltimore Ravens. The news of his return ends an 11-day holdout.
He returned to the team without a new contract in place.
The team leaves for Baltimore later today to begin joint practices with the Ravens prior to their Thursday night matchup. Ngakoue, a fourth-year star from Maryland, has been absent from both the Jaguars minicamp and training camp over a contract dispute. This is the final year of his rookie deal.
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The news of Ngakoue’s return isn’t surprising as head coach Doug Marrone told the media on the first day of training camp that he and the franchise have been in contact with Ngakoue and that he would report to camp at some point. The team can ill afford to see their star pass rusher hold out for any length of time.
Ngakoue was reportedly offered a deal that would pay him $19 million per season and $50 million over the first two seasons prior to the start of training camp but did not take the offer. There has been plenty of speculation over the terms of the deal offered, which was a short-term contract.
The Jaguars drafted Josh Allen out of Kentucky in the first round in April to pair with Ngakoue and Calais Campbell to form one of the more feared pass rushes in the NFL. The Jaguars finished the 2018 season fifth overall in team defense.
"Per spotrac.com, “Ngakoue signed a 4 year, $3,480,587 contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars, including a $856,176 signing bonus, $856,176 guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $870,147. In 2019, Ngakoue will earn a base salary of $2,025,000, while carrying a cap hit of $2,239,044 and a dead cap value of $214,044.”"
As we have stated many times this offseason, but Ngakoue and cornerback Jalen Ramsey have outplayed the rookie deals they signed with the organization in 2016. Ramsey has a fifth-year option that the team has already announced it would pick up in 2020, paying him $13.7 million. That cannot be said for his teammate.
"Per DiRocco, “Ngakoue faced a Tuesday deadline to ensure that he would be able to accrue his fourth season and be eligible to become an unrestricted free agent after this season if he did not sign a new contract or the team used the franchise tag on him.”"