The Jaguars and the Vikings have worked out a trade to send edge rusher Yannick Ngakoue to Minnesota. Some members of the media had linked the Jets to Ngakoue trade rumors in recent weeks.
Jaguars agreed to trade franchise DE Yannick Ngakoue to Minnesota for a second- and conditional fifth-round pick that could go as high a third-round pick, league sources tell ESPN. Ngakoue still has to sign his tender, but trade is in place and Ngakoue is expected to be a Viking.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 30, 2020
Conditions on fifth-round pick that Minnesota is trading to Jacksonville for DE Yannick Ngakoue, sources tells ESPN:— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 30, 2020
It becomes a fourth-round pick if Ngakoue goes to the Pro Bowl this season.
It becomes a third if Ngakoue goes to Pro Bowl AND Vikings win the Super Bowl. https://t.co/YBTRlGxrMn
That is a very high price to pay for a player on a one year franchise tag tender who cannot be extended at this point in time.
In spite of the rumors, we have discussed why Ngakoue wasn’t really a great fit for the Jets right now. It also sounds like the rumors linking the two sides might have gotten too much attention.
Putting the money ($17.8M) and trade compensation aside, the #Jets didn’t see Ngakoue as a great fit in Gregg Williams’ D. He puts a premium on defending the run, and that is not YN’s forte. Happens to be a damn good pass rusher, though.— Rich Cimini (@RichCimini) August 30, 2020
I never got the sense the Jets were that interested in Ngakoue. The combo of high salary, inability to negotiate a long-term deal because of franchise tag and his ineffectiveness against the run were factors. https://t.co/ljM9BDFtat— Brian Costello (@BrianCoz) August 30, 2020
Ngakoue is set to become a free agent after the season, and the Jets will be among the league leaders in salary cap space. We will see whether the interest is greater then. For now, I’ll reiterate my view that giving up early round picks for a one year rental was not in the best interest of the team.