Latest On Yannick Ngakoue

The Jaguars are asking for a “first-round pick and more” in trade talks involving franchise-tagged edge rusher Yannick Ngakoue, sources tell Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com. Ngakoue has requested a trade and indicated he is not interested in signing a long-term with Jacksonville, and the Jaguars have reportedly received some level of interest in the 25-year-old.

Ngakoue will collect $17.788MM under the terms of his franchise tender, but he’s apparently looking for more than $20MM annually on a new deal, reports Brady Henderson of ESPN.com (Twitter link). Currently, only three edge rushers exceed the $20MM threshold: Khalil Mack, Demarcus Lawrence, and Frank Clark.

It remains to be seen if any club is willing to deal a first-round pick and give Ngakoue a massive extension. The Chiefs performed such a maneuver in acquiring Clark from the Seahawks last offseason, but many teams might shy away from sacrificing such draft capital simply for the right to extend Ngakoue. That could be especially true when another edge rusher — Jadeveon Clowney — is still available on the open market and has reportedly lowered his asking price.

Ngakoue, a third-round pick in the 2016 draft, has posted at least eight sacks in four of his NFL campaigns, but other metrics were down on him in 2019. Among edge defenders with at least 50% playtime, Ngakoue finished just 25th in pressures (51), per Pro Football Focus. And data points like ESPN’s pass rush win rate and double-team rate largely painted Ngakoue as an average rusher, as The Athletic’s Ben Baldwin recently noted on Twitter.

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    • 7kjmiller

      I’m not sure what happens with Vernon in that scenario but it would be fascinating to see what they’d do.

      • Michael Chaney

        If the Browns theoretically get another high-priced edge rusher, I imagine Vernon would be cut. If they just draft someone (or do nothing at all), I imagine he’d stay.

        • seattlesuperfan

          If the got Ngakoue in a trade they surely would have to trace Vernon with the package to offset the salaries on top of draft picks and they theoretically could cut him then but they would be better off using him and hoping he has his stock rise to trade him the ensuing off season cause I believe he has two years on his deal left

          • jkoms57

            Its the same amount of cap savings if you trade or cut someone.

            Dead money is dead money. Only difference is they could land a 7th round pick in a trade.

            • jkoms57

              Oh btw no one wants oliver Vernon.

              Only John Dorsey is dumb enough to.trade an elite guard for an overpaid pass rusher

      • AndyMeyer

        I agree with you
        I think they’ll get a receiver like Jefferson if they stay at 21. They’ll need the extra capital if they really want a guy like Ruggs
        But man, Ngakoue gives them an elite pass rusher to add that already stout defensive line. They haven’t had a truly legit pass rusher since Trent Cole I would say

  1. TJECK109

    Man he would make the Steelers front 7 pretty difficult to play against. But I got a better chance of being drafted by the Steelers than this happening

    • jkoms57

      Completely different scheme so not sure what you’re talking about.

      Sure they could try moving him to OLB but just paid Dupree 20 mil for that role this year.
      Tuitt has a massive contract and actually plays a 3-4 run stopping role.

      Also they don’t have a 1st to trade. Or any cap space to add him.

      Literally makes zero sense whatsoever.

  2. Simmons>Russ

    A first and more…
    seems pretty step, he’s made 1 pro bowl in 4 years, he didn’t exactly have an a aiming season last year, he is 100% not resigning with the Jags and he’s asking for a new contract worth 20mil to make him top 4 paid in his position.

    I’d be hesitant to give them a first let alone more.
    Can see this stretching on for a while because GMs will want him at the lowest possible cost and they know he won’t resign so the longer he stays the less value the jags have in him.

    I know it’s probably unlikely but I wonder if the Jags would be keen on Jacoby Brissett? Outside Minshew they lack at QB and Minshew isn’t a sure thing franchise QB, Brissett would be a good addition. Obviously they would want a pick aswell

    Maybe Brissett, a 2nd round 2021 and a 5th round 2020.
    Colts would have a solid defence but expensive defence with him, Buckner and Leonard.
    Colts keep their second round pick and can select a back up QB like Love, Fromm or Hurts.

    • Kolukonu

      They aren’t going to trade him to a division rival for him to torment them for years to come.

      • jkoms57

        If anyone’s dumb enough to trade a 1st for the right to overpay him, then I’m sure they’d consider inter division trade.

  3. jpeezy43

    Yeah first round pick whatever. 3rd and 5th at best honestly. I think the pats could be a dark horse. They need pass rush bad and have the draft capitol to make it happen.

  4. wildboys

    Dolphins have a ton of ammunition to pull this off and the requisite cap space I believe

  5. crosseyedlemon

    I imagine the Redskins would love to have this home boy on the roster but that Alex Smith contract is going to delay a rebuild they desperately need.

      • crosseyedlemon

        Almost every rebuild requires an elite core player or two to provide the foundation.

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