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Media rumors: Jets either are or aren’t trying to trade for Yannick Ngakoue

NFL: Indianapolis Colts at Jacksonville Jaguars Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

Jaguars edge rusher Yannick Ngakoue has been vocal in his displeasure over his situation in Jacksonville and has been pushing for a trade. There have been a number of rumors in recent months about his status.

Michael Lombardi reports a deal might be imminent.

He also says the Jets are one of the teams interested in making a deal.

Manish Mehta, however, reports the Jets are not currently in discussions to bring the pass rusher to New York.

I would be inclined to think the Jets are not in serious discussions for Ngakoue. I don’t see any logic for this team giving up a second round pick for his services. It essentially would be trading a second round pick for a one year rental. Ngakoue will play out the 2020 season on the franchise tag, and the deadline has already passed for franchised players to sign a long-term extension.

Seattle only had to give up a third round pick in a similar situation a year ago for Jadeveon Clowney, and unlike the Jets they were focused on the short run.

Ngakoue isn’t a defense-transforming talent, and the Jets’ current positioning makes keeping future assets more prudent than chasing short term gain. Even taking him on the almost $18 million franchise tag would be costly as that would be money the Jets could not roll over for 2021 cap space.