The Jaguars will not have Yannick Ngakoue as they begin their mandatory minicamp. On Monday, the defensive end announced that he will stay at home in hopes of getting a better deal.
“I will not be attending minicamp as my contract has not been resolved,” Ngakoue said. “I remain committed to Jacksonville, the fans and my teammates. My hope is to be with Jacksonville for years to come.”
Ngakoue reported to the Jaguars for the start of the club’s voluntary workouts in May but stopped showing up after a few days. Now, the 24-year-old is showing that he is serious about his desire for a new deal by absorbing nearly $90K in fines.
Ngakoue is entering a contract year and is set to make just $2.025MM, making him criminally underpaid given his production. Over the last three years, Ngakoue has racked up 29.5 sacks, and he wants to be compensated as one of the best young DEs in the NFL.
The going rate for quality young edge rushers continues to skyrocket. Earlier this offseason, Frank Clark inked a five-year, $105MM deal with the Chiefs after coming over from the Seahawks. Days prior to that, Demarcus Lawrence signed a similar deal to remain with the Cowboys.
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