Jaguars GM Denies Yannick Ngakoue Trade Is Imminent Despite Rumors

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistAugust 20, 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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Jacksonville Jaguars general manager David Caldwell has shot down rumors about a pending trade involving Yannick Ngakoue

Appearing on SiriusXM NFL Radio with Alex Marvez and Charles Davis, Caldwell called reports that a deal is imminent "erroneous" and the team is working with Ngakoue's camp to find a resolution to their situation:

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.@Jaguars General Manager Dave Caldwell addresses the trade rumors surrounding DE Yannick Ngakoue... "If he's being traded, I wish somebody would let me know." 👇MUST LISTEN👇 | #Jaguars | #DUUUVAL https://t.co/l3eRDJfbir

There have been conflicting reports about a potential trade involving Ngakoue.

The Athletic's Michael Lombardi reported Wednesday that Jacksonville is "extremely close" to trading Ngakou, with a "firm offer in place" from an unnamed team. 

Lombardi added the New York Jets were "deeply involved" in talks with the Jaguars. 

However, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported "no trade is imminent or close" and "several of the teams that are reported to be involved, including the Jets, are not actually involved."

The Jaguars placed the one-year franchise tender worth $17.8 million on Ngakoue in March. He has yet to sign the deal and said on ESPN's NFL Live in April it is "time to move on" and he hopes to join a team with a "great culture."

Ngakoue, 25, was a Pro Bowl selection in 2017. He has recorded 85 quarterback hits and 37.5 sacks in 63 career games since 2016.


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