The Jacksonville Jaguars should just give in to Yannick Ngakoue’s demands

JACKSONVILLE, FL - DECEMBER 11: Yannick Ngakoue /

Yannick Ngakoue has asked the Jacksonville Jaguars to be traded multiple times and it’s time to ship him out

The situation between the Jacksonville Jaguars and Yannick Ngakoue has gotten ugly. Publicly demanding a trade due to organizational problems, criticizing the team, getting into Twitter spats with the owner’s son and it just keeps getting worse from there.

It’s inevitable that Ngakoue will sit out if he doesn’t get dealt before the season starts. Even with the former Maryland star expected to get the franchise tag, they won’t come to an agreement on any deal as he simply wants out of Jacksonville.

After all the back and forth going on between the player and the organization, the franchise should want to be done with him too and trade him to another franchise. Simply put, it’s time to adhere to his demands and part ways with him.

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If the Jacksonville Jaguars would come out and say they’re willing to trade him, there would be no shortage of suitors for Ngakoue’s services. Ngakoue is one of the premier defensive ends in the NFL, an important position that many would love to have top tier talent at.

Ngakoue is a perfect example of talent and durability. He’s missed just one game in his career while putting up high-quality stats. In 63 games, he’s recorded 118 tackles (101 solos) with 37.5 sacks and nine pass deflections. As he’s been in the league for four seasons, those break down to season averages of 29.5 tackles, 9.4 sacks, and 2.3 pass deflections.

There are many teams that could use a player like Ngakoue. One team that specifically comes to mind is the Detroit Lions. Last season, the Lions tied for the second least amount of sacks with 28, and with the team going into a make-or-break year, they could really use Ngakoue on their defensive line. The Lions would also be able to afford Ngakoue’s salary of over $17 million as they have the fourth-largest amount of cap space in the league.

The teams with interest in Ngakoue probably wouldn’t be limited to the Lions. The Las Vegas Raiders, Arizona Cardinals, Tennessee Titans, and a few other teams could all use someone like Ngakoue on their defensive line.

By trading Ngakoue, he should be able to bring in significant draft capital. If the Jaguars would want multiple draft assets, they should be able to net a third-round pick in the upcoming draft and perhaps a mid-round pick in the 2022 draft. If they wanted the highest pick they could get, though, a second-round pick for Ngakoue shouldn’t be out of the question.

For both sides to benefit from this situation, it’s best to grant him his wish and trade him. Ngakoue will be able to leave the Jacksonville Jaguars and the organization would get draft capital to improve their rebuild.

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