Jaguars’ Yannick Ngakoue Wants Out

The Jaguars will use their franchise tag on Yannick Ngakoue, sources tell ESPN.com’s Adam Schefter (on Twitter). Meanwhile, the pass rusher took to Twitter on Monday morning to announce that he is not interested in a long-term deal with the club. 

The Jaguars are aware I no longer have interest in signing a long term contract in Jacksonville,” Ngakoue tweeted. “Duval, I love you and gave you guys everything I got. I’m thankful for the journey and look forward to continuing my career elsewhere.

At this point, it seems like the Jaguars will wind up having to tag-and-trade the standout defensive end. They’ll find plenty of interest in him if that’s the case – over the last four years, Ngakoue has notched 37.5 sacks for the Jaguars and 14 forced fumbles (fourth in the NFL in that span, behind only Khalil Mack, Chandler Jones, and T.J. Watt. He’s been durable as well; he never missed a game until last year.

The soon-to-be 25-year-old had another standout campaign in 2019, finishing with 41 tackles, eight sacks, six passes defended, and four forced fumbles. The former third-rounder discussed an extension with the team last offseason, but those talks did not lead to a deal and it seems that he is not long for Jacksonville.

The franchise tag for defensive ends is expected to cost upwards of $19MM for 2020.

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  1. mstockw1

    That’s a hell of a cap hit for any team that trades for him. Would teams be allowed to negotiate a new contract for him if they acquired him? If not, that’s a very expensive potential 1 year rental. Wouldn’t be surprised to see his trade value take a hit for that.

    • I give no fox

      The franchise tag rules allow for long-term extension until a pre-determined deadline. The deadline this year is July 15. So any team that acquired him will have until that date to negotiate a new deal. There were a few instances of tag and trades leading to extensions, two last year were Dee Ford and Frank Clark with the 49ers and Chiefs respectively

    • kingcong95

      Yes, the new team could negotiate a contract, like Dee Ford and Frank Clark last year.

  2. JT19

    Tom Coughlin strikes again despite being fired months ago. Coughlin’s treatment of the players alienated Ramsey, Ngakoue, and possibly Telvin Smith. At this point, the Jags have to clean house with Marrone and Caldwell (the latter should’ve been fired with Coughlin). We’re still months before the season starts and the proverbial hot seat for Marrone/Caldwell is already in flames.

    • frank costanza

      Coughlin is gone, man! He wants $22 million a year with a team that is over the cap! Coughlin offered him $19 mil and he turned it down! You don’t pay a player whatever they want and then blame the team for it, moron!

      • JT19

        He turned it down after Coughlin alienated Ramsey and basically refused to even think about negotiating with him last offseason. Just because Coughlin is gone doesn’t mean there aren’t lasting effects of his antics. There’s no trust in Jacksonville anymore between the players and coaching staff/front office. That’s on Coughlin and Marrone.

  3. fedupnfldan

    Get rid of all of the players in Jacksonville that do not want to be there. It’s an entitlement culture – one that Ramsey established with his gum flapping and the rest of the players bought into it.

    • amk3510

      A culture that started because of fossils like Coughlin and Marrone. Jaguars shouldn’t have alienated the stud defensive players that put them on the brink of a super bowl to appease their power hungry coach and recently fired exec.

      • dcahen

        Amk3510 – I totally disagree. Jax had a lot of high 1st round picks, high talent, high individual attitudes; when they were very young, their talent was at a peak as their youth still listened to the savvy vet coach & personnel advisor. It worked one year, then they collectively got the big head, forgetting team concepts because it’s all about the individual. They had a lot of talent, but similar in some ways to the Browns, an owner who doesn’t know jack about football but surrounds himself with non-football idiots; grows impatient & the front office becomes a revolving door. They can’t embrace their city, now taking 2 games per year to London. They may be dangerous in the years to come, good but never great because there’s no family culture, just a look out for myself & my money culture. From the owner it percolates down. Time to tarp off the upper deck again, so home games aren’t blacked out. A truly dysfunctional franchise, just like Cleveland.

        • amk3510

          They don’t win because their QB production is non existent. Minshew may change that long term but Foles and Bortles were certainly not the answer. Their defense was still elite in 2018. Bortles destroyed them.

        • JT19

          It all fell apart because of Coughlin. Its blatantly obvious he alienated Ramsey and Ngakoue with how he handled negotiations (or lack thereof). He further alienated players by fining them for stupid reasons. I mean are we forgetting that after Coughlin got hired 25% of all NFL player grievances were filed against Jacksonville? That’s not a coincidence.

          You’re putting a lot of praise on a coach who has a career win percentage below .500, a GM (Caldwell) who can’t draft in the first round despite multiple top 10 picks (aside from the two obvious no-brain picks in Ramsey and Allen), and a now fired president/GM in Coughlin whose greatest achievement was something that happened 12 years ago on a different team. Does the whole thing need to be scrapped? Yes. And does Khan deserve plenty of blame? Yes. But lets not act like Marrone, Caldwell, or Coughlin (in his second stint) have done anything in Jacksonville worth praising.

  4. Big Angry Baby

    This is Shad Khan’s inability to make good decisions; finally firing Coughlin who evidently single handedly destroyed the culture between the Coaches & Players; hiring Marrone who NEVER has had a winning record (WHY ?) …be cause he was a Coughlin pick; Caldwell has had his time and proven absolutely nothing; Khan should have fired Marrone and Caldwell as he had threatened to do a year or so ago. Marrone IS NOT a good Coach and his win/loss record proves it. Should have hired a new GM and Coach and started over.

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