Jaguars’ Yannick Ngakoue Skips Camp

Jaguars defensive end Yannick Ngakoue did not report to training camp on Wednesday and won’t be with his teammates in Jacksonville, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com (on Twitter) hears. Ngakoue continues to drive a hard bargain as he seeks a new extension. 

With 29.5 sacks, 70 QB hits, and no missed games over the last three years, Ngakoue has emerged as one of the best young pass-rushers in the league. He can stay away from the Jags for now, but he must report to camp by August 6 to earn an accrued season towards free agency.

Ngakoue is entering the final year of his rookie contract, and there’s no denying that he is criminally underpaid, given his performance. For now, he’s slated to earn just $2.025MM in 2019.

The Jaguars would, presumably, love to lock down the Maryland product for years to come. However, the continued explosion of the edge rushing market makes this an extremely costly proposition for Jacksonville. The Maryland product, who just turned 24 in March, is undoubtedly looking to meet or top the five-year, ~$105MM deals that fellow pass rushers Demarcus Lawrence and Frank Clark signed this year, both of which came with over $60MM in guarantees.

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  1. JJB0811

    For a team that wants to be built on the D side, they are doing a terrible job of that. JR was declined a contract, Telvin is sitting out the year. Now add in Yannick.

    Going to be a disaster (again) in North Florida. But they did manage to over pay back to back years mediocre QB’s!

    • JT19

      While I agree, it makes sense to wait a year for Ramsey. The Jags are pretty close to the cap so its not like they would be able to offer a significant immediate payday for him (and there would be little in cap savings since he’s still on his rookie deal). They also have Myles Jack to resign (in addition to Yannick) so they need to figure out a way to fit in at least two, if not all three, of those guys into the cap. Since Ramsey has the 5th year option still, Jack and Yannick are bigger priorities for contract extensions. While Ramsey has a big ego, I’d like to think that he understands why Jack and Yannick might be more of a priority right now.

      The other thing is that team’s often want to set some sort of precedent in regards to when they give out contract extensions. If every team gave out contract extensions to guys who were two years out from free agency, it’ll be a revolving door every year of the next important player that’s going to holdout looking for an extension.

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