"I will not be attending minicamp as my contract has not been resolved," he said, per ESPN's Adam Schefter. "I remain committed to Jacksonville, the fans and my teammates. My hope is to be with Jacksonville for years to come."
Several of his current and former teammates posted their support of his decision on social media:
Ngakoue, 24, was excellent in 2018, registering 9.5 sacks and 28 tackles. He earned a grade of 73.1 from Pro Football Focus, 30th among edge players, though that grade is impacted by Ngakoue's limited impact in the run game.
There's little doubt, however, that he's emerged as one of the best pass-rushers in football in his three NFL seasons.
As Austin Gayle of PFF wrote in May, Ngakoue's grades during his career really pop when screen passes and play-action dropbacks are dropped from the equation.
He noted that Ngakoue "ranks eighth in two-year pass-rush grade (90.2) with the two play types out of the picture; the seven men ahead of him are Demarcus Lawrence (91.7), Von Miller (91.6), Joey Bosa (91.3), Dee Ford (91.0), Khalil Mack (90.5), Myles Garrett (90.4) and Cameron Jordan (90.3)—impressive company, for sure."
There's little doubt that Ngakoue is going to get paid at some point. If he hits free agency after the 2019 season, there will be a bidding war for his services given his sack production to this point in his career. It would be surprising if the Jaguars didn't lock him up to a long-term extension before that happens, although the team could also choose to use the franchise tag on him next offseason.
Ngakoue clearly would prefer inking an extension, and it appears he'll be holding out for the time being if he doesn't get one.