No signs of progress for Jaguars, Yannick Ngakoue

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Jaguars defensive end Yannick Ngakoue held out of the team’s mandatory minicamp because he wants a new contract. Three weeks later, there are no signs that the two sides are any closer to a resolution.

The Florida Times-Union even suggests that the holdout could drag into the regular season, which would be a disappointing development both for Ngakoue (who could start losing game checks in addition to the fines he’s already piled up) and for the Jaguars (who don’t want to start the season without a pass rusher who has 29.5 sacks in his first three NFL seasons).

Ngakoue is heading into the fourth and final year of his rookie contract and is slated to make a salary of $2.025 million this season. That’s far below the going rate for pass rushers of his quality, but the Jaguars may figure they don’t need to be in any hurry to give him a big pay raise, given that he’s a bargain this year and could be kept for the franchise tag next year.

If the Jaguars aren’t willing to pay Ngakoue what he’s asking for, the only leverage he has is withholding his services. Training camp opens on July 25, and at the moment no one knows if Ngakoue will be there.

7 responses to “No signs of progress for Jaguars, Yannick Ngakoue

  1. Go ahead and hold out. If he wants to lose a year of accrued service he’ll be a restricted free agent in 2020 and lose millions. That’s not much leverage.

  2. They haven’t payed Ramsey and they haven’t payed this guy so who are they gonna pay? Overrated free agents like Malik Jackson?

  3. I am sure his agent is smart enough to make sure he accumulates a year of service. He only has one means of leverage and he is using it.

  4. Tylawspick6 you literally know nothing about the Jags. Yes, Jalen Ramsey is mouthy. No argument there, but he is, without doubt, a top 5 CB that has never missed a game. Ngakoue is a humble, blue collar guy & team leader that lets his play speak for himself. Stick to your beloved Patriots unless you learn something about those that you choose to bash.

  5. Situations like this are my problem with the rookie wage scale. Certainly it is better than the old system of giving players a ton of cash before they have done anything, but it does not help the players who prove their worth in the first, second, or third year when they can be locked up for four (or five in 1st round cases).

    It seems like a simple system could be put in place of evaluating the first two years of production against the veteran average production at the same position and if the production is equal or higher than trigger a raise or release clause.

  6. The players have poor union leadership. You have Carson I can’t finish a season getting a new deal. Dak no discount Prescott asking to be the highest paid. Then you have good players being franchise through their productive years or prime.

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