Yannick Ngakoue: Jaguars Handled His Situation 'Piss Poor' Amid Trade Rumors

Paul KasabianSenior ContributorApril 1, 2020

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA - NOVEMBER 17:  Yannick Ngakoue #91 of the Jacksonville Jaguars rushes the passer during a game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on November 17, 2019 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
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Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Yannick Ngakoue has made it clear that he wants out of Duval County, and he offered a brief explanation why in a Wednesday tweet:

Ngakoue, 25, had 37.5 sacks in four seasons for the Jaguars, starting all but two regular-season games. The former Maryland Terrapin led the league with six forced fumbles in 2017 and made the Pro Bowl that year.

Ngakoue entered 2019 on the final year of his rookie deal looking for a long-term contract, but the two sides could not come to an agreement.He held out of mandatory minicamp and the first 11 days of training camp before returning to the team.

General manager Dave Caldwell said after the season that the team's top priority was to bring Ngakoue back, but the 2020 offseason did not bring about a multi-year deal.

Ngakoue eventually received the franchise tag, although the Jags could hypothetically sign him to a long-term deal prior to the July 15 tag deadline.

That does not interest Ngakoue, however, as he made clear in a March 1 tweet:

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Per NFL Network's Mike Garafolo, there are "multiple interested teams," but the Jags "won't give him away for little return."

Ngakoue responded to Garafolo's tweet:

Whatever team eventually rosters Ngakoue will be getting a significant playmaker. As ESPN's Michael DiRocco noted, Ngakoue is "directly responsible" for five of Jacksonville's 12 defensive touchdowns since 2016.

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