Jacksonville Jaguars: What a trade for Yannick Ngakoue might look like

JACKSONVILLE, FL - DECEMBER 02: Yannick Ngakoue #91 of the Jacksonville Jaguars in action during the game against the Indianapolis Colts at TIAA Bank Field on December 2, 2018 in Jacksonville, Florida. The Jaguars won 6-0. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
JACKSONVILLE, FL - DECEMBER 02: Yannick Ngakoue #91 of the Jacksonville Jaguars in action during the game against the Indianapolis Colts at TIAA Bank Field on December 2, 2018 in Jacksonville, Florida. The Jaguars won 6-0. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) /

Which teams have jumped into the deep end of trade rumors involving Jaguars defensive end Yannick Ngakoue?

As news of Yannick Ngakoue’s decision not to seek a long-term deal with the Jaguars remains the lead story here in Jacksonville, several teams appear to be linked to the young pass rusher.

The Jaguars are expected to use the franchise tag on Ngakoue before trying once again to offer him a lengthy contract or trade him to a team before the start of free agency. When word broke on Monday about his decision through his Twitter account, I wrote about potential teams that might be interested in Ngakoue’s services.

Now, it appears more teams are being linked to the 24-year-old, which could once again add more draft capital to the Jaguars already significant treasure chest. A trade involving cornerback A.J. Bouye and the Denver Broncos for a 2020 fourth-round draft pick now nets Jacksonville 10 selections in April with more to come if they are part of the inner workings of a deal for Ngakoue.

Here’s a rundown of how things might look if a deal can get done.

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Miami Dolphins

"“Up North on I-95, the Miami Dolphins in-state rivals, the Jacksonville Jaguars, reportedly will use the franchise tag to hold on to top edge rusher Yannick Ngakoue,” writes Brian Miller of Phin Phanatic on FanSided.com. “If the Dolphins wanted or still want him, they will need to trade with the Jaguars.”"

We aren’t sure what the asking price would be yet, but Miami does own two first-round picks this season.

"“Jacksonville’s asking price will be at minimum a first-round draft pick but it remains to be seen if they can get that type of comp for him given the fact he wants a long-term deal that will likely fall in the top 2 percent at his position,” Miller adds."

The Jaguars drafted Ngakoue out of Maryland in the third round in 2016. He has since outplayed his rookie deal. Based on his production over the past four seasons, he should have been a first-round selection. While losing Ngakoue hurts the Jaguars pass rush, sending him to Miami immediately improves the Dolphins’ defense.

Buffalo Bills

Staying in the AFC East, the Buffalo Bills may be in the market to make a deal as well. As Matt Parrino of Syracuse.com wrote, Ngakoue is a player that fans in northern New York have been wanting for some time now.

"“Ngakoue, who Bills fans have been clamoring for months, is likely going to get franchise tagged by the Jaguars before the start of free agency, precluding him from testing his value on the open market,” he added.“The Jaguars want to lock him up longterm but Ngakoue has been adamant on social media that he wants out. He wants a new deal that’ll likely make him one of the highest paid edge rushers in the NFL. If Jacksonville tags him then they have the options to extend him after the fact or trade him.”"

Ngakoue wants a deal somewhere around $22M per season. Right now, the Bills have more than $83M to spend this offseason.

Seattle Seahawks

Another fresh face added to the mix as the Seahawks become the new “hot” team to potentially land Ngakoue. Seattle may lose defensive end, Jadaveon Clowney, in free agency. Would Ngakoue’s presence be a nice recovery for the front line?

Per Demetrius Harvey of Big Cat Country, the move would give Jacksonville another first-round pick and a swap of second-round selections if it were to happen.

"“In this scenario, the Jaguars would acquire one of the Seahawks’ second-round picks, either 59th or 64th overall, and the Jaguars would trade their second-round pick, 42nd overall, for the Seahawks’ first-round pick, 27th overall,” he writes. “This would give the Jaguars 11 total picks in the draft, including three in the first round.“If the Jaguars were to trade Ngakoue, their compensation likely wouldn’t be much higher than that.”"

Three first-round draft picks gives the Jaguars ammunition to move up the draft board sound a player fall they have a need for or had rated highly on their draft board.

New York Giants

Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com writes Ngakoue wants to be a Giant but the only way to obtain him might be through a trade. While there are other pass rushers on the market the NFC East team may covet, making a deal for Ngakoue may be more cost-effective via trade.

"“Then there is Yannick Ngakoue, the disgruntled pass-rusher who wants to be a Giant but will receive the franchise tag from the Jacksonville Jaguars, according to a report from ESPN NFL analyst Adam Schefter,” Raanan adds.“It will take a sign-and-trade deal for the Giants to land Ngakoue. One NFL executive put the price for him at a first-round pick or two second-round picks, the latter more feasible given the Giants select No. 4 overall in the NFL draft.”"

The Giants make sense in a deal prior to free agency.  A high second-round pick would give Jacksonville multiple selections in the first, second and fourth rounds next month.

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