How well does a deal involving the Las Vegas Raiders and Yannick Ngakoue work for the Jacksonville Jaguars?
Add the Las Vegas Raiders as the most recent team linked to Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Yannick Ngakoue. Fansided.com’s Matt Verderame believes the Raiders should be a logical partner with the Jaguars ahead of the 2020 season.
"“With $50 million in cap space and five top-100 draft picks — including two first-round choices — the Raiders have ample ammunition to satisfy both types of needs,” Verderame writes.“They should start by trading for Yannick Ngakoue.”"
You can expect plenty of teams to be part of the rumors centered around the 24-year-old pass rusher who amassed 37.5 sacks and 14 forced fumbles in four seasons in Jacksonville. While the front office is expected to use the franchise tag prior to free agency, it does not mean the Raiders and other NFL organizations won’t put their best foot forward in acquiring a pass rusher who is just entering his prime in this league.
Ngakoue told the Jaguars earlier this week he did not want to pursue a long-term deal to remain in North Florida. A firestorm of response from fans on social media soon followed and continues even today.
More from Jaguars Rumors
- Bold trade proposal has Jacksonville Jaguars shipping LT Cam Robinson
- 3 potential trade destinations for Jacksonville Jaguars OLB Josh Allen
- Jaguars OLB Josh Allen named a Seattle Seahawks potential trade target
- Jaguars should refrain from using the franchise tag on TE Evan Engram
- Jaguars better off trading Roy Robertson-Harris than releasing him
The front office, should they find a way to keep Ngakoue for the 2020 season with the franchise tag, would pay the former third-round draft pick $19.3M.
Jacksonville has over $33.7M in salary-cap space right now and figures to have more if high-priced veterans are released, traded or they restructure their contracts.
This is the kind of deal that works for both the Raiders and Jacksonville, as Verderame explains because it offers Jacksonville more draft capital while Las Vegas gets another young defensive star.
"“Las Vegas could offer the latter of its first-round picks to Jacksonville along with a third-rounder and likely snag Ngakoue while still having the 12th-overall selection,” Verderame stated.“Landing Ngakoue would be a fit on multiple fronts for Jon Gruden’s club.”"
A move like this gives Jacksonville a third first-round draft picks and 11 picks overall in the April Draft. The team has many needs on both sides of the ball and could have four picks in the top 42 should a deal like this happen.