Jaguars Place the Franchise Tag on Yannick Ngakoue
This is not as much of a bold prediction as it becomes a statement that Yannick Ngakoue is still part of the Jaguars’ plans for the future. It also means general manager David Caldwell will have another year to lock up his pass rusher to a long-term deal.
Per NFL Trade Rumors, it is believed the estimated cost for a player of Ngakoue’s talent will cost the Jaguars $17.95 million in 202, which is less than what the Jaguars were rumored to have offered him this past offseason on a “short-term” deal of four years.
The former Maryland star had eight sacks, which is tied for his career-low from his rookie deal, but he also played some of the best football of his career in the process. Over four years, he has 37.5 sacks. He and Josh Allen form a solid duo as one of the best young pass-rushing combinations in the NFL, and finding pass rushers who get to the quarterback as often as these two do is at a premium in this league.
Based on what everyone has read on social media with Ngakoue’s Twitter account and his comments made about his worth as a player, I don’t see a new deal getting done this coming offseason. What I do see of the Jaguars front office offering this deal to continue talks with the hope of keeping him beyond 2020.