Report: Jaguars hearing from multiple teams about Yannick Ngakoue trade
The Jacksonville Jaguars placed the franchise tag on Yannick Ngakoue this offseason, but that doesn’t mean that he’ll play for them in 2020. According to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo, Jacksonville is receiving calls from multiple teams pertaining to a trade for Ngakoue.
The #Jaguars have heard from multiple interested teams about a possible trade for DE Yannick Ngakoue, who turns 25 today. The Jags value him and won’t give him away for little return but it’ll be interesting to see how this plays out as we draw closer to the draft.
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) March 31, 2020
Ngakoue, who turned 25 years old on Tuesday, has been a cornerstone on Jacksonville’s defense over the past few years. Altogether, in his four seasons with the Jaguars, Ngakoue has amassed a total of 37.5 sacks and 14 forced fumbles.
Despite his consistent production, the Jaguars have been reluctant to give him a long-term deal. Given that, Ngakoue expressed his desire to test free agency and continue his career elsewhere. However, Jacksonville placed the franchise tag on him, preventing him from signing with another team.
Even though they placed the franchise tag on Ngaokue, it’s inevitable that he won’t sign the tag unless he’s traded. Therefore, the Jaguars are listening to offers from other teams, but they aren’t willing to let him go for cheap. The price for premier edge rushers has skyrocketed in recent years.
Just last offseason, we saw edge rushers like Dee Ford, Frank Clark, and Jadeveon Clowney traded for draft picks. Seeing that Clark and Ford netted early-round picks, it’s likely going to take a similar package for Ngakoue.
Also, whichever team decides to make an offer for Ngakoue is going to have to be willing to sign him to a multi-year extension. With the 2020 NFL Draft less than a month away, the Jaguars are in no rush to move Ngakoue this offseason.