Vikings Trade Yannick Ngakoue To Ravens

The Vikings are finalizing a trade to send defensive end Yannick Ngakoue to the Ravens, as ESPN.com’s Adam Schefter tweets. In exchange, the Vikings will receive a 2021 third-round pick and a 2022 conditional fifth-round pick. 

The Vikings acquired Ngakoue from the Jaguars earlier this year for a 2021 second-round pick and 2022 conditional fifth-round pick to Jags. They weren’t able to recoup everything they gave up, but they did manage to get a decent amount of draft capital for the mercurial edge rusher.

After COVID testing, Ngakoue will be able to join the Ravens in practice during their bye week. His first game with Baltimore will come next Sunday, against the Steelers. The Ravens have been chasing Ngakoue for the last few months, and the interest has been mutual. Ngakoue, a Maryland native and a Terrapin alum, will debut with his third pro team in familiar surroundings. The deal also reunites Ngakoue with Calais Campbell, who played together and started together in the Jaguars’ 2017 AFC Championship Game.

We are excited to add Yannick Ngakoue to our football team,” Ravens GM Eric DeCosta said in a statement. “Yannick is someone who we are very familiar with going back to the draft process years ago. He is an exciting player and a dangerous pass rusher who makes us better. Yannick grew up here. He’s the type of person we welcome in our building. Finally, we are not finished building this team, as we continue to chase our ultimate goals.”

The Ravens and Jags were deep in talks at one point, but the Ravens’ salary cap situation ultimately prevented a deal from happening. Ultimately, Ngakoue agreed to reduce his 2020 salary from ~$18MM to $12MM in order to facilitate a trade to the Vikings. The Maryland product likely would have been willing to make a similar concession to make a Ravens trade work, but even a $12MM salary would have forced Baltimore to create cap space elsewhere via restructure or extension. Today, they had more room to work with, thanks to help from Brandon Williams and other reworked deals.

Ngakoue figures to provide a major boost for the 5-1 Ravens. Meanwhile, the trade reads as something of a white flag for the Vikings, who are 1-5 and quickly falling out of playoff contention.

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27 comments on “Vikings Trade Yannick Ngakoue To Ravens

  1. mlbnyyfan

    The Giants need to fire Gettleman now. How are the Giants not trying to get Yannick. They are desperate for a premium pash rusher. They made a HUGE mistake for winning too much last year and miss out on Chase Young. They easily could of had Yannick for a 3rd round pick if they paid not to Lenard Williams who’s a lesser player. Gentleman needs to go now.

    • M Haworth

      Why would the Giants trade the draft capital fir a guy on an expiring deal? Not to mention they aren’t expecting to compete for the title this year.

      • tjbarnaba

        They literally just traded draft capital for Williams last year on an expiring deal… even though they weren’t competing… given the historical evidence, it seems like the Giants would be more likely to make a move like that than any one….

        • Oooof

          And that was a lousy trade. If you’re not competing, why trade draft capital for a guy on an expiring contract?

          • Perksy

            The Giants instead should try to move Shepard, Engram, Tate, maybe BJ Hill. Players that would either be coming up on contracts or in the middle of.

    • Perksy

      Are you serious… trade for Yannick? The Giants are not good, they should be doing what the Vikings are doing, selling off pieces to add more draft capital not reduce it. In fact what the Ravens just gave up is the same as what the Giants gave up last year for Leonard Williams. Which is sad.

    • GoLandCrabs

      The fact they are a terrible team and not a contender might have something to do with it.

    • JoeBrady

      So you think Gettlemen was wrong to win too many last year.

      And to make up for that, you want them to trade away future players to win one more this year?

      Do you not see some inconsistency there?

  2. bumpy93

    this is an amazing move by the Baltimore Ravens young talented pass rusher making 12 million this year I think Kelly roseman and the Eagles should have tried to pull this off if we could have gave up at 2021 third round pick and a 2022 conditional fifth round pick yes we would lose 12 million dollars of our cap space this year that we can roll in the next year to help us with our situation where we’re approximately 50 million dollars over the cap so every penny rolled over helps but I think adding a young premier pass rusher like Yannick would definitely have helped Philly well worth the 12 million dollars in capspace that we would have lost. regardless this was an absolute amazing move for the Ravens

    • mlbnyyfan

      The Ravens better win a SB soon. Going to be hard to keep both Yannick and Judon. Ravens all in to win.

      • dblackert1

        They won’t keep both. My guess is they sign Yannick to a long term deal and let Judon walk and recoup 3rd supplement pick.

        • bradthebluefish
          bradthebluefish

          The Patriot’s Way. Harbaugh and company have learned this trick well.

    • bumpy93

      ravens send you a 2nd in 2021. If the Ravens sign him to an long term extension you will also get a 3ed in 2022

  3. mgrap84

    While this is a great move for us its really not the help we need. Our biggest problem is the O-line. It has definitely been our biggest problem and is one of the biggest reasons why we just Singh look like we did last year. Im sure bringing in Dez Bryant will help somewhat in meaning we will finally have a big body WR but we need to sure up the O-line some how

    • dblackert1

      The trade deadline is still a couple weeks away. I won’t be surprised if we come up with an O-Lineman before it all said and done.

    • rondon

      Nobody is trading solid offensive linemen. Even losing teams don’t want to give up those guys.They are at a premium right now.

  4. hoosierhysteria

    Go Ravens. I have their team defense on my fantasy team. Love it.

  5. Tatsumaki

    For that cost I’m surprised raiders didn’t take a look. Outside of crosby that d-line stinks.

  6. Wade Herbers

    Speilman LOVES having crap loads of draft picks that he can whiff on. 15 plus again next year and he will hit on 4/5 again…..He needs to go , if for no other reason than the Cousins contract.

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