Yannick Ngakoue continues to hit roadblock with the Jaguars
By David Levin
The Jacksonville Jaguars and defensive end Yannick Ngakoue did not work out a long-term deal prior to the 4 PM deadline on Wednesday, imposed by the NFL.
If the rumors are true, then the Jacksonville Jaguars are still holding out for what they feel is fair compensation for defensive end Yannick Ngakoue.
At 4 PM on Wednesday, the deadline for the players who have been offered the franchise tag to work out a long-term deal with their current teams, nothing had changed between the pass rusher and the team he has been trying to divorce over the offseason. The franchise tag offer of $17.8M is still on the table, which has not been signed yet either.
Multiple sources have confirmed Ngakoue is willing to play the upcoming 2020 season for the tag amount, but he will not do that in a Jaguars uniform. According to multiple sources, which include Tom Pelissero of NFL Network and NFL.com, the Jaguars front office has received multiple calls from teams with trade offers, but none have been accepted.
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"Pelissero, via Twitter, wrote that one team has offered a “Pro Bowl player who did not fit their system.”"
And so the saga continues and the most talked-about news involving a team that is already expected to be one of the worst in the NFL this coming season will live on until one side flinches.
If you have followed the story all offseason, Yannick Ngakoue took to Twitter on March 2 to tell the world he did not seek a long-term deal with the Jaguars and wanted to move on from his time in Jacksonville. On March 13, the Jacksonville Jaguars’ front office, regardless of Ngakoue’s wishes, placed the franchise tag on him, which prevented him from moving on to free agency.
There had been some talk of Jaguars general manager David Caldwell possibly trying to trade him during the NFL Draft, with the Las Vegas Raiders the team seeking his services. Caldwell then told the local media there weren’t any serious trade conversations.
Part of the holdup of a deal getting done may have to do with what the Jaguars are seeking in trade value, which is believed to be at least a first-round draft pick. There is some question if Ngakoue is worth that kind of draft capital on the NFL market, given he is perceived to be a player who is a sack specialist and does not play the run well.
"“Ngakoue, 25, made the Pro Bowl in 2017 after recording a career-high 12 sacks,” writes Adam Wells of Bleacher Report. “The Maryland alum has at least eight sacks in each of his four NFL seasons and has 85 quarterback hits in 63 career games.”"
The Jaguars’ front office has talked with local media this offseason as if they are setting their defensive installations with the idea of Ngakoue playing for them in 2020. But the team also adding many defensive end/linebacker types in free agency.
Second-year rising star Josh Allen had 10.5 sacks last season as a rookie and the team did select K’Lavon Chaisson, who can play both rush end and linebacker, out of LSU with their second pick in the first round of the NFL Draft in April.