Are the Cleveland Browns the frontrunners to work out a deal for Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Yannick Ngakoue?
The disgruntled pass rusher wants out of Jacksonville and the thought of Ngakoue and his 37.5 sacks over the past four seasons lining up on the opposite side of Myles Garrett should have Browns salivating at the prospect of a dominant pass rush to go along with an offense that should also be noticeably better in 2020.
But what kind of price tag would the Browns agree to if this kind of deal were to happen? And what does the Jamal Adams deal mean for Ngakoue’s future?
"“In the wake of the Seahawks’ blockbuster trade for disgruntled Jets safety Jamal Adams, the Browns should try to swing a deal for Jaguars defensive end Yannick Ngakoue, who’s also asked to be traded,” Cabot writes.“The Browns likely inquired about both players, because Browns GM Andrew Berry will always aggressively try to upgrade the roster.”"
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It’s not hard to image the Browns wanting to make a splash ahead of training camp, and the Jaguars have already turned down offers for Ngakoue, according to sources, because general manager David Caldwell did not like the package that was on the table that allegedly included a Pro Bowl player from one team.
The Jaguars have their rookies and veterans in camp and are preparing for the start of training camp. Ngakoue has yet to sign his franchise tag tender of $17.8M and is expected to be a holdout until the last possible minute. By not signing his tag, Ngakoue cannot be fined for missing practice or camp. His rights are owned by the franchise, but for now, he is not technically part of the team.
Cabot wrote the Adams deal was huge and was possibly way out of Cleveland’s price range. Focusing on Ngakoue could be manageable if the right deal could be worked out.
"“The Seahawks surrendered two first-round picks and more for Adams, which was undoubtedly too rich for the Browns’ blood,” she wrote. “But they can probably get the unhappy Ngakoue for significantly less. Granted, the Jaguars would likely want multiple picks, but they might not even require a first-rounder at this point.”"
Caldwell has stood firm on his stance that he wants reasonable draft compensation for Ngakoue, who has played well beyond the rookie deal he signed after being drafted in the third round in 2016 out of Maryland. The stand-still is over what works for the team may not work for the player.
Given the Browns’ GM has already made overtures about adding defensive line help in Jadeveon Clowney and Olivier Vernon means he could shift his attention toward a younger and less expensive pass rusher.
"“Ngakoue is in the prime of his career and could be signed to a long-term deal after this season, one that could keep him and Garrett here together for the next five or six years,” Cabot added."