Yannick Ngakoue: I’m not interested in long-term deal with Jags

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Defensive end Yannick Ngakoue has played for the Jaguars for the first four years of his career, but he’s not interested in continuing to be a member of the team.

Ngakoue made that clear in a tweet on Monday morning. Ngakoue announced that he has no intention of signing a long-term deal that would keep him in Jacksonville.

“The Jaguars are aware I no longer have interest in signing a long term contract in Jacksonville. Duval, I love you and gave you guys everything I got. I’m thankful for the journey and look forward to continuing my career elsewhere,” Ngakoue wrote.

Ngakoue’s unwillingness to sign a long-term deal with the Jaguars doesn’t mean he’ll be hitting the open market later this month. The Jaguars can still use the franchise tag and Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that they plan to do exactly that ahead of the March 12 deadline.

Assuming Ngakoue, who is No. 11 on our list of the top free agents, stays firm in his desire to leave, that tag could be a precursor to a trade similar to the ones involving Frank Clark and Dee Ford last offseason. If so, he’d join cornerback Jalen Ramsey as one-time defensive linchpins to leave Jacksonville via a trade in less than a year.

41 responses to “Yannick Ngakoue: I’m not interested in long-term deal with Jags

  1. Man….Drill Sergeant Coughlin absolutley DESTROYED the culture in that building. They built a special defense, and now they all want OUT.

  2. Why do Jacksonville’s best players want to leave? First it was Ramsey, now this guy.

  3. charliecharger says:

    March 2, 2020 at 7:55 am

    Why do Jacksonville’s best players want to leave? First it was Ramsey, now this guy.
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    Because they want their contracts redone and the team wasnt willing to. Last year both Ngakoue and Ramsey were vocal on it. There was more to the Ramsey situation but money was at the forefront

  4. Why announce that publicly if you really want the team to trade you? Only hurts your trade value. Keep it in house, if the team really wants you it gives them a chance to work it out and if not boosts your value so you don’t get a “diva” label. If he wants out of the next team also it’s going to make teams think twice about signing him. Stay off Twitter and talk to your agent.

  5. Do you think they’ll beat Bill O’Brien’s haul of getting a 3rd and still paying half his salary when they decide to trade him?

    How the hell was this front office allowed to steer the ship for another year?

  6. Well….scratch Campbell off the Seahawks radar. Its starting to look like Seattle will once again have zero pass rush without Clowney instead of with him.

  7. “probably sick of flying over the pond every stinking year!”

    Doubt it. They fly private jet first class and its about the same length of flight if they were flying to Seattle or Frisco. And London is a great place with great fans.

  8. superfanentertainment says:
    March 2, 2020 at 7:47 am
    Man….Drill Sergeant Coughlin absolutley DESTROYED the culture in that building. They built a special defense, and now they all want OUT.
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    Its not Coughlin….he’s gone. Its Marrone…..

  9. This is why the franchise tag needs to go. Here is a guy who has fulfilled his contract, doesn’t want to be there anymore, and can be forced to stay. It’s total BS.

  10. I love when people say….’ but what are they willing to give up?’ No…some things just need to go without concessions. The Franchise tag is a total joke. Even garbage teams like the Bengals threaten it on an old used up receiver as a way of owning him.

  11. So this is going to be the new NFL. These players just want to go to the already established teams to get their SB ring. Not be part of the foundation and build the team up from the ashes. You’re going to start seeing the same 6 teams in the playoffs in the NFL for as long as the NFL will exist. Much like the NBA, always the same 5-6 teams winning a title in the last 40 years.

  12. harrisonhits2 says:

    March 2, 2020 at 9:36 am

    “probably sick of flying over the pond every stinking year!”

    Doubt it. They fly private jet first class and its about the same length of flight if they were flying to Seattle or Frisco. And London is a great place with great fans.
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    Well that’s just not even close to true. Jacksonville to San Fran is a 7 hour flight and the time change is 3 hours back, jacksonville to london is 10 hours and the time change is 5 hours forward

  13. I’ll say it again, the franchise tag ruins relationships with star players.

    Get rid of it. It benefits nobody.

  14. Sorry, but no team is giving up a high pick AND a huge contract for the guy. If he’s not signing there then maybe you could get a mid rounder.

  15. In my mind it boils down to wanting to play for a consistent winner. Every player wants to win a ring and all that goes with in. To be a consistent winner, you need a plan. You work the plan. That plan has to be adjustable to fit your personnel, and the adjust to today’s times.

    I use to watch the Jags when I lived in the Orlando area. It just doesn’t look like the Jags have a real plan to succeed.

  16. backinthepackinthebackoftheac says:
    March 2, 2020 at 8:35 am
    Why announce that publicly if you really want the team to trade you? Only hurts your trade value. Keep it in house, if the team really wants you it gives them a chance to work it out and if not boosts your value so you don’t get a “diva” label. If he wants out of the next team also it’s going to make teams think twice about signing him. Stay off Twitter and talk to your agent.
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    I would agree if it was the Jaguars that were saying they dont want him. Then yes, it would be hurting their case and his trade value. It doesn’t hurt yannick at all to be saying this. As I understand, he isn’t under contract from the jags and doesn’t want to be there so this isn’t hurting his case at all. If hes a free agent he can choose where he wants to go. I dont see him as a diva. Plenty of players look as if they don’t want to be there, not just him. Ramsey wanted out and telvin smith voluntarily took a year away from the team. Just because a player wants some new scenery doesn’t mean hes a diva. He didnt cause problems while he was there.

  17. He got his feelings hurt because the Jags offered him a deal last year at $19M/year and he wanted the $22M they gave Foles. That would make him the highest paid DE in the league. Then when someone else gets more he’ll have his feelings hurt and want to renegotiate. He definitely out-performed his contract ($870k/year) after being drafted in the 3rd round and deserves a raise. I’m not sure with their salary cap situation that they can even afford to keep him. I understand wanting to get paid but the highest paid DE in the league? Maybe he’s worth it. I’d think $19M is pretty good…that would make him the 3rd highest paid DE.

    He’s a great player but if he isn’t interested in signing a long-term deal for way too much money then just trade him and move on. After all, he was a 3rd round pick. Just draft another DE or sign a free agent.

  18. Oof, yeah that bridge is so burnt I can smell smoke through my monitor. Well done Shaq Khan, not only did you ruin an extremely dominant defense by hiring Tommy C to play drill sergeant and turn the Jags into one of the joke franchises of the league but you’ve also managed to run off multiple star players.

  19. chickensalad43 says:
    March 2, 2020 at 10:44 am
    I’ll say it again, the franchise tag ruins relationships with star players.

    Get rid of it. It benefits nobody.
    __________

    It benefits the team because it allows them to “keep” a player short-term at a lesser price.

    It hurts the player big-time, UNLESS they are in the rare situation where they get tagged 3x, which I actually don’t think has ever happened.

    I think franchise tagging would be fair if the rule forced teams to pay top dollar. Instead of the “average of top-5” contracts, it should match the highest contract.

    If the Jags were forced to pay Khalil Mack money to Yannick, I doubt he would complain.

  20. I’ve noticed a recent pattern with this horrible franchise that I’ve foolishly been following for 25 years – guys play out their rookie contracts and then are allowed to walk. I hope you’re paying attention Josh Allen – there will be no 2nd contract.

  21. The Seahawks suck so bad on defense…..would the Jags take a 2nd and Seattle still suck on D while Pete Carroll continues to coach like he’s in 2013.

  22. Mass Exodus of talent out of Jacksonville. hard to keep a good team when all the talent you draft leaves at the first opportunity.

  23. They got 4 years, 35-40 sacks, of pretty good play out of the guy who was a 3rd round pick and they paid him nothing, NFL- wise.

    They’ll recoup the 3rd as FA compensation at the least or maybe a Frank Clark type compensation of a #1 and a #2. All in all not bad for a guy who can’t play the run.

  24. I can’t imagine what it’s like to be a Jags fan. All these talented players and nothing to show for it.

  25. The Seahawks have a quarter of their talent yet they somehow win every year with the great Houdini Wilson. If Malik Turner holds onto a ball thrown between his numbers…..nevermind. Edelman dropped the same pass and caused the Pats to lose to the Titans. Funny how both Seattle and NE lost a game because of an obvious drop late in the 4th quarter.

  26. As a Florida native, it’s painful to see how inept the Jags have been since their glory days of the late 90’s/early 00’s. As celebrated as Khan has been for the leagues diversity and his desire to gain a foothold in London, he’s made terrible hires and produced some pretty terrible teams. I believe the Jags are 38-90 since he bought them.

    They’ve missed on GM’s, they’ve missed on head coaches, they’ve largely missed on draft picks, they’ve missed on their uniforms every time they’ve changed them, they’ve alienated their fan base by playing home games in London every year, and with such a poor product for the last 15 years, it’s a wonder they sell any tickets at all.

    I’m not one of those “The Jags are moving to London” types, but it almost seems as if they’re trying to build apathy in Jacksonville to eventually move. A lot of people will point to the fact that Khan is putting a lot of money into the Jacksonville riverfront and that he has put some money into the stadium, but he can sell whatever he builds on the riverfront for a profit, and the profits of moving to London will far outweigh whatever investments he’s made in the stadium.

  27. Yannick is a very good player who has definitely outplayed his rookie deal and deserves a big raise. But it looks like his salary demands are kinda unreasonable. He’s around the ball a lot & has caused a lot of fumbles. But he’s only gotten 10 sacks in 1 of 4 seasons. He plays hurt and I appreciate his motor and heart but he’s not even the best DE on the TEAM, let alone asking for top of the league money. After Calais Campbell AND Josh Allen, Yannick is probably the 3rd best DE on the roster. Tag him & trade him.

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