Yannick Ngakoue likely to hold out

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The Jaguars most likely will be gathering for training camp without one of the best young pass rushers in the game.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, contract talks between the Jaguars and defensive end Yannick Ngakoue have broken down, making a training-camp holdout likely.

The fourth-year pass rusher is due to make $2.025 million in 2019, the final year of his rookie deal. Multiple other pass rushers of his ilk received significant deals this year, including Chiefs defensive end Frank Clark and Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence, each of whom signed for five years, $105 million.

Ngakoue, who has 29.5 sacks in three seasons (more than Lawrence and only 2.5 fewer than Clark), participated in an on-again, off-again basis during the offseason program. He’s now planning to take a stand, in the event the Jaguars don’t give him the contract that his performance to date in the NFL has earned for him.

 

24 responses to “Yannick Ngakoue likely to hold out

  1. Let me guess … trade him to your team for peanuts … then he signs on the cheap for the honor of being part of your amazing franchise.

  2. But his stats in 2018 weren’t up to Clark or Lawrence’s standard (25 solo & 3 assists is half of Lawrence’s 42 solo & 22 assists), plus Lawrence had 2 forced fum, 1 return, I int. Yannick had none of those. Clark too had notably higher stats than Yannick in 2018. If Yannick had put up Lawrence’s numbers last season he might be right to hold out – but wouldn’t need too.

  3. Jags gotta pay up. Him and Josh Allen rushing with Ramsey shutting down 1/2 the field and jack up the middle is recipe for a good D long term…

  4. But those players mentioned played out their entire rookie contract. Yannick has one year left in his rookie deal.
    Not apples to apples.

  5. yea… I think the player has a point here. Thems are some big bucks to let escape because your team doesn’t want to lock you in. What? Why? Cheap is cheap… until it costs you.

  6. The agents should get together and have the entire draft class hold out until the union treats them fairly. The veterans could care less about them come CBA time.

    Its an easy problem to fix. Each team gets 15-20 million a year in performance bonuses to give out based on player contributions (they have this system but it is only up to about 5.8 million per team and mostly goes to undrafted players)

    If Ngakoue already made an extra 5 million over his first 3 seasons and knew he could make another couple million this year then that 6 or 7 million extra might get him to next year’s free agency.

    Instead the system is for paying guys like Big V in Philly and Kendall Fuller in KC who stink but play a bunch on undrafted rates so they can make 900k instead of 600k.

  7. Not as good as Danielle Hunter so 5 for 60m should be the max and that seems way too high

  8. streetyson says:
    July 23, 2019 at 6:43 pm
    But his stats in 2018 weren’t up to Clark or Lawrence’s standard (25 solo & 3 assists is half of Lawrence’s 42 solo & 22 assists), plus Lawrence had 2 forced fum, 1 return, I int. Yannick had none of those. Clark too had notably higher stats than Yannick in 2018. If Yannick had put up Lawrence’s numbers last season he might be right to hold out – but wouldn’t need too.
    ————-
    Players get paid based in what they’re projected to do over the course of the new contract not necessarily what they did in the past. Though teams do use past production, along with other factors such as age and injury history, to help project out a player’s future production.

  9. If 2nd, 3rd, and 4th round picks don’t get paid anything then they should go 1 round deep in the draft and then let the teams bid on the rest of the players for 2 year deals.

    I’m all for getting to free agency but he has made about 90k per sack over the last 3 years while Clowney made 1.11 million per sack over his 4 year rookie deal.

    Should one young professional get paid 12 times more than another for the same work?

  10. If he’s going to hold out he better be committed. After August 6th he loses an accrued season and would be a restricted free agent after this year.

  11. I’m not worried about Yan getting paid. As soon as LB Telvin Smith decides to submit his “retirement” papers, then we have some wiggle room to pay Yan. He’s def a building block to this team & deserves to get paid. It’s unfortunate, but to hear of potential holdout comes to no surprise.

  12. What is the rule on accrued seasons?
    Can he play half the season and still get credit and be a free agent after 2019?
    If so then I can see missing 8 games.

  13. He should have tried harder in college and gotten drafted higher.

    Go to work, you’re under contract. Look what the Patriots did with DE Trey Flowers- got 4 years out of him and let him walk instead of paying him; or LT Trent Brown who they got for practically nothing and then let walk to SF for huge $$ after one year. Next man up.

    Who’s the favorite to be in the final 4 if not the SB? The Patriots, not the Jaguars.

  14. I don’t understand why these guys don’t play out their contract and go to free agency. Are they that worried about injury? Maybe that’s the answer. It just doesn’t make any sense to me.

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