Yannick Ngakoue Willing To Play On Tag, If Traded

Desperate times call for desperate measures. If another team is able to work out a trade with the Jaguars, Yannick Ngakoue is willing to drop his demand for a long-term extension, Adam Schefter of ESPN.com (on Twitter) hears.

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Ngakoue’s push for a lucrative multi-year deal was long believed to be a barrier for a trade. Ngakoue’s willingness to play out 2020 on his one-year, $17.788MM tender may help matters, but the Jaguars are still resistant to actually move him. At last check, the Jaguars were asking for a first-round pick, and then some. It was hard to imagine another team coughing up that kind of draft capital and giving Ngakoue a monster deal. Still, giving up a first-round pick for what could be a one-year rental is also a tough sell.

With at least eight sacks in each of his four NFL seasons – including 12.5 sacks in 2017 – the former third-round pick has outperformed expectations by every measure. Still, the advanced metrics indicate that his sack numbers might be a fluke. Meanwhile, there are still plenty of proven veteran edge rushers available on the open market, all of whom would cost less than Ngakoue in 2020. Of course, Jadeveon Clowney is seeking a deal in the range of Ngakoue’s $17.78MM, but it’s likely that he’ll wind up settling for a little less.

The Eagles, Seahawks, and Browns would make varying degrees of sense for Ngakoue, but none of those teams are as desperate to land the defensive end as he is to get out of Jacksonville.

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  1. jb19

    I don’t think the browns would be interested in giving up draft capital and handing out a massive extension for the “other” DE on the DL.

  2. bradthebluefish
    bradthebluefish

    Jags should trade him so they can further their quest in Losing for Lawrence.

  3. Wyoming Bison Expansion Team

    Course he would most of the outcomes are in his favor.

    He gets tagged again he gets 21.4 mill. He gets a new contract to his liking. Or he hits free agency if a team is unwilling to pay him 21.4 mill.

    The only real risk is injury.

  4. crosseyedlemon

    I could see him returning to his roots in Washington. Rivera is a defense oriented coach and Ngakoue could replace Kerrigan who is nearly 32 yrs old now.

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