RUMOR: Yannick Ngakoue trade drawing interest from teams around NFL
The Jacksonville Jaguars and defensive end Yannick Ngakoue have been at odds for several months now and with Wednesday’s deadline looming, it seems like the best option for both parties would be to find a new landing spot for the 2017 Pro Bowl selection.
Luckily for them, there is still interest in the fifth year pass rusher around the league so working out a possible trade is still on the table.
NFL Network and NFL.com National Insider Ian Rapoport reported in an earlier tweet that a possible trade for Ngakoue is still attracting some interest from NFL teams heading into the 3 PM deadline on Wednesday.
Rapoport added later in his tweet that though the deal won’t be the easiest to work out, it is still something within reach. One key to a possible trade being agreed on would be Jacksonville receiving enough assets to compensate for losing Ngakoue.
To keep an eye on as Wed's deadline grows closer: There remains some interest around the NFL in trading for #Jaguars pass-rusher Yannick Ngakoue, I’m told. Would be a difficult, complicated deal to do, but not impossible. For Jax, it would have to make sense compensation-wise.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 14, 2020
Back in April, it was reported that the Las Vegas Raiders had rumored interest in Ngakoue prior to the draft but the deal fell through because the Jaguars’ demands were apparently too high.
A few days before the draft, the former third-round selection shared a post on his Twitter that made most people assume he was dead set on leaving Jacksonville before the 2020 season.
To my new future team whomever it may be. I can’t wait to bring great discipline, integrity, and work ethic to that new city. Wherever I may land your going to get the hardest working defensive end in the league !🏁
— Yannick Ngakoue (@YannickNgakoue) April 20, 2020
In his four years with the Jaguars, Yannick Ngakoue has averaged around 26 tackles, 9.4 sacks, and 3.5 forced fumbles per season. The Maryland alum is set to make around $17.8 million on his franchise tag.
Barring any delays or interferences, the 2020-2021 NFL season kicks off in September.