ESPN's Adam Schefter reported the fifth-round pick can become a third-round selection if the Vikings win the Super Bowl and Ngakoue makes the Pro Bowl. It becomes a fourth-rounder if he makes the Pro Bowl.
Albert Breer of the Monday Morning Quarterback, citing a source, reported Ngakoue agreed to a one-year, $12 million deal.
Albert Breer @AlbertBreer
The Vikings and DE Yannick Ngakoue worked overnight on an adjustment to his franchise tender, landing at a little under $13 million. That's down from $17.778 million. And Minnesota made clear its intention to do a long-term deal in '21. So ... Ngakoue REALLY wanted out of Jax.
Ngakoue took to Twitter on Sunday night to bid farewell to Jacksonville:
Yannick Ngakoue @YannickNgakoue
It’s evident that my time in Jacksonville is up. But I want to say thank you to the organization for making it a home for myself for 4 years, and that I’ll never forget . That chapter is over with now. Nothing lasts forever. But I’m truly excited to start this new chapter! SKOL!
It's been a long and arduous road for Ngakoue, who did not sign a franchise tender the Jags placed on him in March, to land in Minnesota.
He expressed his displeasure with the Jags and desire for a trade numerous times, with a few examples below:
The 25-year-old Maryland product has 37.5 sacks, 14 forced fumbles (including an NFL-high six in 2017) and 85 quarterback hits in his four-year career. He's also been directly responsible for five defensive touchdowns, per Michael DiRocco of ESPN.com.
The one-time Pro Bowler also dominated on one of the better defenses of the decade with the 2017 Jags. Ngakoue racked up 12 of the team's 55 sacks and helped lead the franchise to the AFC Championship Game.
That era is over, however, as Minnesota adds a cornerstone piece to its defense.