There has been plenty of talk about a trade involving Jaguars defensive end Yannick Ngakoue, but no action has happened so far.
While there is plenty of buzz around the rumor mill regarding a potential trade of Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Yannick Ngakoue, there is nothing concrete in terms of a team stepping forward to make a deal.
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“Jacksonville applied the franchise tag to defensive end Yannick Ngakoue earlier this month despite Ngakoue going public with his desire to sign a long-term deal somewhere else. Given that desire, the popular response to the Jaguars’ decision was that they’d look to trade him to another team,” Josh Alper writes.
“That may be the case, but it doesn’t sound like a deal is around the corner. Mike Garafolo of NFL Media reported on Thursday that nothing is going on regarding a trade and Mike Kaye of NJ.com, who previously covered the Jaguars, reported that they have yet to have any discussions with another team.”
Kaye previously covered the Jaguars here in Jacksonville for First Coast News and is now covering the Philadelphia Eagles. There was some talk across social media on Thursday that the NFC East team might be interested in Ngakoue, but there were variables to be considered in a deal that would bring the 24-year-old sack artist north on I-95.
Ngakoue has been adamant about not wanting to play in Jacksonville since a tweet earlier this month on his Twitter account ended speculation he would seek a long-term deal with the Jaguars. The free agency market hasn’t been as fluid as some may have thought at the defensive end position. Jadeveon Clowney has not signed with a team after playing in Seatle last season.
He was expected to set the market value for pass rushers. Ngakoue, according to numerous reports, wants a deal somewhere in the neighborhood of $22M per season. Based on the franchise tag the Jaguars used for the former third-round pick out of Maryland in 2016, Ngakoue will now make $17.788M in 2020.
Ngakoue has registered 37.5 sacks in the four years he has been here in Jacksonville and has been one of the premier pass rushers in the NFL.
“The Jets hold the No. 11 overall pick in the first round, but it’s unlikely that they’d include that in a potential deal. Although one way that the team could get creative is by potentially swapping picks with the Jaguars,” Edsen Jr. writes.
“Jacksonville holds two selections in the opening round (No. 9 and No. 20 overall). Perhaps the Jets could swap No. 11 with No. 20 (a difference of 350 points on the NFL Trade Value Chart) and throw in a mid-round pick (one of the team’s third-round picks or a fourth/fifth).”