Seahawks Interested In Yannick Ngakoue?

A year after being part of two tag-and-trade transactions involving edge rushers, the Seahawks may be interested in another such move.

The Seahawks are interested in Yannick Ngakoue, Tony Pauline of notes. The Jaguars are expected to use their franchise tag on the veteran defensive end, but Ngakoue has let it be known he is no longer interested in signing a long-term deal to stay in Jacksonville.

While Ngakoue is set to be tagged, he profiles as a tag-and-trade candidate. Last year, the Seahawks franchised Frank Clark and traded him to the Chiefs before acquiring Texans franchise player Jadeveon Clowney via August trade. Seattle remains interested in extending Clowney before he becomes a free agent March 18 but may not be willing to make a major bid to retain the pass rusher. The former No. 1 overall pick is predictably receiving extensive interest as he prepares to be a first-time UFA.

It cost the Chiefs first- and second-round picks to acquire Clark, a zero-time Pro Bowler in Seattle who registered 35 sacks in his four Seahawk seasons, and a third-rounder last April. Ngakoue has one Pro Bowl on his resume, in 2017, and has 37.5 sacks through four seasons. Because of the Clark trade, Seattle holds two second-round picks this year.

Jaguars GM Dave Caldwell has accumulated 10 draft picks this year, two coming from the Jalen Ramsey and A.J. Bouye trades. He expressed interest in acquiring more, per John Reid of the Florida Times-Union. Jacksonville’s eighth-year GM said earlier this year keeping Ngakoue was his top offseason priority, but with Ngakoue the second Jags 2016 draftee to inform the franchise he wants out in the past six months, will the franchise begin tag-and-trade negotiations?

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9 comments on “Seahawks Interested In Yannick Ngakoue?

  1. 3Tavgreg

    These teams are nuts sending big time draft capital, and then spending top free agent money on these guys. Do one or the other,fine. But by doing both you are setting yourself up for major issues down the road. The only possible exception being if you think you’re really close, and this one player can put you over the top.

  2. Big Angry Baby

    Hmmmmm … EVERYONE wants outta Jacksonville … wonder why – LMAO

  3. Big Angry Baby

    Hopefully Caldwell will TAG him and get some god picks out of him since the Jaguars can’t get anyone to want to play there anymore. Maybe Coughlin’s smelly FARTS will evaporate eventually.

  4. frank costanza

    The Jags are over the cap for starters, and they’re not going to pay a player what he demands when that player isn’t worth what he demands. He’s seeking $22 mil a year. That’s not going to happen. He turned down $19 mil last year. I’m so sick of these childish, spoiled athletes. Put the cap on this guy and trade him and let another team over pay for a guy who can’t stop the run, but wants $22 mil a year. That’s absurd and laughable. We have Josh Allen anyway who’s a better pass rusher than this guy!

    • dust44

      Lol.. Considering pro sports is pretty much the only profession u don’t get to choose where u work until ur first contract is up and then they can play the tag game. Bet if u got stuck in Cincy or Jacksonville working for someone who doesn’t really value the person only the dollars they make u then maybe u would feel differently.

      • Big Angry Baby

        Agreed … Cincy and Jacksonville are two perennial losers and laughing stock. Of course “The Godfather” with his prehistoric ways destroyed the culture in Jacksonville with his 1950’s way of meeting out fines etc. Balony Sandwich shouldn’t have ever been hired … who hires a Head Coach with a losing record ? Caldwell has had plenty of time to prove himself as well. Next year when Jacksonville finishes dead last again … Marrone and Caldwell need to go !!!

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