The Yannick Ngakoue saga has, lastly, reached its finish.
The Jaguars shipped the 25-year-old defensive finish and go rush extraordinaire to the Vikings early Sunday morning for a 2021 second-round decide and a conditional fifth-rounder in 2020, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Jaguars agreed to commerce franchise DE Yannick Ngakoue to Minnesota for a second- and conditional fifth-round decide that would go as excessive a third-round decide, league sources inform ESPN. Ngakoue nonetheless has to signal his tender, however commerce is in place and Ngakoue is anticipated to be a Viking.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 30, 2020
Ngakoue had made his displeasure of enjoying for Jacksonville recognized during the last yr, beginning together with his contract calls for after which combating publicly with possession.
Now, the months-long epic is at its finish. This is how either side made out:
It is exhausting to knock any workforce buying and selling for a top-of-the-line go rusher in right this moment’s NFL: these guys actually simply do not hit the commerce block typically, and once they do, they go for big-ticket costs (see: Mack, Khalil).
Ngakoue is 25 and has 37 half sacks on his Professional Soccer Reference web page, even when that comes with a historical past of questionable run protection (he improved on this in 2019, for what its value). There’s a query of signability long-term for just a few causes: Minnesota is up towards the cap and might’t prolong Ngakoue till subsequent yr. Whereas there is a honest quantity of strikes they will make to alleviate the state of affairs and make some area, it looks as if a unending cycle of cap points to navigate for Minnesota.
A second and what might quantity to a third-round decide (if the Vikings win the Tremendous Bowl) is an enormous worth to pay for a man who might or might not depart and chances are you’ll or might not signal, however should you’re the Vikings and also you see a gap to win a Tremendous Bowl in 2020, then there should not be a lot room for debate to enhance the line of defense now, particularly after letting Everson Griffin stroll in free company.
Pairing Ngakoue and Danielle Hunter on the opposite facet with an already loaded protection is a great transfer to make for Minnesota.
It wasn’t way back when the Jaguars had a defensive group that featured Calais Campbell, Jalen Ramsey, Telvin Smith and Ngakoue, who have been within the AFC championship recreation and have been fairly darn near unseating the Patriots within the AFC championship recreation.
That period is all however over and the Jags are all however rebuilding, and some extra picks to work inside the 2021 NFL Draft — giving them 10 complete and 4 within the first two rounds — handing them an excellent springboard for the longer term.
However in an offseason the place Jamal Adams — a security, and a security who would not intercept the soccer — was traded for 2 first-round picks, for Ngakoue to be traded for a second-round decide and a conditional fifth looks as if a lightweight return on its floor. The conditions are a bit incongruous, although: Adams is beneath workforce management via 2021, whereas Ngakoue can hit free company after this season. The uncertainty of the longer term cap additionally performs into the return.
Move rushers of Ngakoue’s caliber do not get traded typically, and once they do, it is for a excessive worth. Ngakoue’s state of affairs is completely different, although, given his contract calls for, impending free company and uncertainty of future cap given the coronavirus’ impact. (The NFL did agree to not let it drop beneath $175 million subsequent season.)
It is a ok return for a participant who had little interest in enjoying for you anymore, had publicly known as out a workforce co-owner and simply wasn’t in future plans. It does really feel prefer it may very well be a bit extra, however clearly either side have been executed with each other.