Jaguars GM: No Yannick Ngakoue Deal Imminent

Hold the phone. Contrary to a recent report, the Jaguars are not close to trading Yannick Ngakoue, according to GM Dave Caldwell (Twitter link via Alex Marvez of SiriusXM). 

[RELATED: Jaguars Seeking “More” Than Second-Round Pick For Ngakoue]

Earlier this week, the Jaguars were said to be on the verge of a trade that would grant Ngakoue’s long-standing wish. Last night, NFL.com’s Tom Pelissero cast some doubt on the likelihood of a deal, noting that the Jaguars’ asking price remains high. A second-round pick, he says, would not get the job done. Instead, the Jaguars would want a second-rounder “and change”.

Ngakoue still wants out, and he recently hired a new agent to help facilitate a trade. Still, there’s reason to believe that Ngakoue will ultimately cave and suit up for the Jaguars in 2020. He did, at long last, make contact with Caldwell, and he doesn’t have a lot of great options if the Jags continue to stand firm. Ngakoue will lose out on more than $1MM per week if he takes his holdout into the regular season, and he’ll have to report by Week 10 in order to earn an accrued season towards free agency.

It’s hard to see any team – even the ever-aggressive Raiders – coughing up more than a second-round pick for a rental. With the franchise tender extension deadline in the rear-view mirror, teams cannot engage in contract talks with the defensive end until after the 2020 season. Even then, an Ngakoue extension would be a pricey proposition.

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  1. JJB0811

    Cards should throw up a 2nd. Add him w/ their 1st round LB & DE sack leader from a year ago. Stout looking D.

    • wagner13

      If I were Jacksonville, I would be satisfied. Boone has shown flashes in the past and would be decent insurance if Fournette struggles or gets hurt. Besides, the Jaguars really can’t be too picky at this point given how desperately they seem to want to move on.

      Minnesota gets a nice replacement for Griffen, with Odenigbo providing some solid depth. Boone was buried on the depth chart behind Cook and Mattison anyway. The Vikings are in win now mode, so they shouldn’t be hesitant to part with their second rounder. They could also pick up compensation if Yannick departs in free agency the ensuing offseason

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