Report: Yannick Ngakoue, Vikings Agree to New Contract After Jaguars Trade

Paul KasabianSenior ContributorAugust 30, 2020

Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Yannick Ngakoue (91) in action during the first half of an NFL football game against the Indianapolis Colts, Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
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The Jacksonville Jaguars have traded defensive end Yannick Ngakoue to the Minnesota Vikings for a second- and a conditional fifth-round pick.

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:

Yannick Ngakoue @YannickNgakoue

Tired of the back and forth @Jaguars. Let’s get this shit done.

Yannick Ngakoue @YannickNgakoue

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 !🏁

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.