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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