Yannick Ngakoue: Do the Jaguars make a deal after Jamal Adams trade?
What does the trade of Jamal Adams to the Seattle Seahawks mean for Yannick Ngakoue and the Jacksonville Jaguars?
After the news broke that the New York Jets traded safety Jamal Adams to the Seattle Seahawks for what appears to be a kings ransom, I was asked on our Black and Teal Facebook page whether this kind of situation makes it easier or harder for the Jacksonville Jaguars to trade defensive and Yannick Ngakoue.
I didn’t have I saw an answer. Adams and Ngakoue are two different players. They have different skill sets and play different positions. Their value is also different to teams pursuing them. The Seahawks got one of the best players in the NFL. It remains to be seen if Ngakoue can become one of the best players in this league.
We have rehashed the reasons why the Jacksonville Jaguars front office has not made a deal yet to send their disgruntled player somewhere else. After it was reported prior to the July 15 deadline that the team has been offered a deal for the former Maryland star that included a “Pro Bowl player“ it appears that general manager David Caldwell is locked in on receiving compensation that may be more than teams are willing to pay.
When looking at the deal for Adams, it shows that the Seahawks were willing to mortgage their future for a player that they feel will help them reach a Super Bowl. The Jaguars are nowhere near that position.
Last year at this time, Ngakoue was telling everybody who would listen that it wasn’t about the money. He’s proving that by not signing his franchise tender which is $17.8 million for this season. But he also may have priced himself out of the market when he originally said he wanted $22 million a year to play.
There is no long-term deal because the player doesn’t want to be in Jacksonville. There is no substantial trade offer right now because the front office appears to be stubborn. The tug-of-war continues.
I suspect we will still see a trade before the start of the season. As much as I would love to see Ngakoue lineup opposite Josh Allen and see what he can do with rookie K’Lavon Chaisson joining the mix in the pass rush, I still believe this is a divorce that must happen.
Sometimes it’s better to cut your losses and move on. This is one of those situations. And Yannick Ngakoue believes he is one of the best pass rusher‘s in the NFL. I love his confidence. After recording 37.5 sacks in four seasons he has proven that he can be a dominant force. However only one of those seasons was a double-digit sack year. He needs more consistency in my opinion. At 25 years old, that’s still a real possibility. Unfortunately it won’t happen with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
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The only way I can see a deal being done that mirrors even remotely the type of trade the Seahawks made for Adams is if a playoff contender loses its star player and believes the team is close to a Super Bowl title. Like most teams in desperation they overspend, knowing that they will have to work out some deal in 2021 to keep said player happy.
Personally, I’m hoping it’s just one more season here in Jacksonville before that happens.
The Adams’ deal open everybody’s eyes, because some teams are willing to make that kind of sacrifice. The Jaguars don’t appear to be one of them and because of it we’re still writing about this topic.
In the next few weeks that may change where we are concentrating more on the players who want to be on this roster and want to win here in Jacksonville rather than the ones who are desperately trying to separate themselves from Duval County.
Other players have been treated as collateral damage, where the culture of the team was more important than the players in the locker room. Yannick Ngakoue standoff with the Jaguars is still part of a culture this organization needs to get rid of. Hopefully the deal Adams struck to play in Seattle will be something that the front office watches closely, and realizes it may need to rein in its trade demands if it wants to move forward in 2020.