Yannick Ngakoue: Obvious my time with Jags is up, let’s move on

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Defensive end Yannick Ngakoue is ready to be on a new team.

Before the Jaguars applied the franchise tag earlier this year, Ngakoue said that he would not sign a long-term deal with the team and wanted to play elsewhere. With the tag in place, the expectation has been that the Jaguars will trade Ngakoue and Tuesday brought a report that they have been discussing such a move with other teams.

The report also said that the Jaguars won’t give Ngakoue away and will wait until they get the compensation they desire. Ngakoue responded to that report on Twitter.

“Let’s agree to disagree. Why hold a man from taking care of his family. It’s obvious my time is up in my current situation. Let’s both move on,” Ngakoue wrote.

The Jaguars took their time before trading cornerback Jalen Ramsey last year and received a lot from the Rams in a midseason trade. They’d surely prefer a similar haul for Ngakoue, although he’ll have to sign his tag before any deal can move forward so the maneuvering will have to be a little different this time around.

18 responses to “Yannick Ngakoue: Obvious my time with Jags is up, let’s move on

  1. Jags will get a lot for this guy. He’s young, productive and provides a critical skill in today’s pass happy league. He should have no worries “taking care of his family”. Eventually he will get dealt and have a massive contract in place.

  2. Ngakoue should wait until after the trade deadline to sign his franchise tag just to stick it to the Jags for holding him hostage. Would be funny to see them only end up with a 3rd round comp pick after all this.

  3. Problem is no one is stopping him from taking care of his family but him he currently has a one year deal with the Jaguars and they also offered him more then anyone else has.

    If he wants out so bad then he should drop his asking price because the rumor is there have been teams that are interested but the dont want to pay his salary demands.

  4. He’s right. The Jags must really not like the offers that they’re getting, but the other teams also know that Ngakoue is gone no matter what-so why would they offer a high price? They’ll wait until he’s released or the Jags get desperate if he holds out.

  5. Yannick has played out his 3rd Round pick rookie deal. The players agreed to the franchise tag in collective bargaining and the Jags are using it. Does he deserve a big pay day? Yes, he does. The Jags reportedly offered him an extension averaging $19 million per last season and he turned the deal down. So he played for $2 million instead of $19 million. Under the tag, he’ll play for $19.3 million. If he holds out, he gets nothing. He causes a lot of turnovers but he’s only gotten 10 sacks once in 4 years. He wasn’t even the best pass rusher on his team last year, let alone being the best in the league. He’s a good player but if Clowney can’t get the deal he wants yet, it’s safe to say Yannick is asking a bit much in his salary demands. Yannick already left $17 million on the table. Seems like he’s getting bad advice.

  6. Does the new CBA allow tagging players for the express purpose of trading them? The old one did not, and this is another clear violation. If I was Yannick, I would not sign the tender so the Jags can hold me hostage. File a grievance, and hold out until they either rescind the tag, or the trade deadline passes.

  7. The tag is at least $17,788,000 for his position. I think I could “take care of my family” for that much money.

  8. ak185 says:

    March 31, 2020 at 10:41 am

    He’s right. The Jags must really not like the offers that they’re getting, but the other teams also know that Ngakoue is gone no matter what-so why would they offer a high price? They’ll wait until he’s released or the Jags get desperate if he holds out.
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    Except the Jaguars dont owe him anything if he doesn’t sign his franchise tag and if he signs it and if he holds out he is gonna lose money just like Bell and Gordon did. The Jaguars aren’t arent winning anything they will hold on to Yannick until they get what they want for him or he plays out this season.

  9. There are two sides to this and both have good points. Yannick is a person and feels like he is stuck, fair enough. Jags found a high value asset and don’t want to sell low, also fair.

    The great thing about the NFL is parity. Your favorite team really could turn it around any season. In the NBA your favorite team might be bad forever because stars dont like the weather.

  10. akaodoyle says:

    March 31, 2020 at 11:11 am

    Does the new CBA allow tagging players for the express purpose of trading them? The old one did not, and this is another clear violation. If I was Yannick, I would not sign the tender so the Jags can hold me hostage. File a grievance, and hold out until they either rescind the tag, or the trade deadline passes.
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    Not sure what you’re talking about. The Jags have the right to tag him. The tender is there to be signed, he has elected not to. The team has said fine if we get a trade we like, we’ll trade you. There’s no bad faith here, they want him to stay and they’ve exercised their right to protect their asset.

  11. Why hold a man from taking care of his family

    OK, I understand he’s unhappy with his contract situation but making this statement is about as clueless as when Latrell Sprewell said he couldn’t feed his family with his $40M contract. The only one holding him back from taking care of his family is him. He’s been tagged which means if he signed that he’d make over $10M next year alone. If that’s not enough to take care of his family then maybe he should take a year off and take a median income job to realize how good he’s got it. Complaining about not being able to provide for his family with $10M+ is pathetic.

  12. Jags ain’t getting squat because 31 teams know he won’t play for the Jags anyway. Best to rescind the tag and take the 3rd rounder in 2021.

  13. Jags ain’t getting squat because 31 teams know he won’t play for the Jags anyway. Best to rescind the tag and take the 3rd rounder in 2021.
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    I hope that your employer doesn’t have you in role that requires you to make critical decisions. B/c based on your above statement you have really poor evaluation skills.

  14. When was the last time that a player benefitted from holding out? Players need to realize they are only valuable if they are playing. Holding out only decreases their value.

  15. “Except the Jaguars dont owe him anything if he doesn’t sign his franchise tag and if he signs it and if he holds out he is gonna lose money just like Bell and Gordon did. The Jaguars aren’t arent winning anything they will hold on to Yannick until they get what they want for him or he plays out this season.”

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    I agree. That’s almost literally what I said-except about him actually playing the season. He’s right when he says that it’s obvious that his time is up in Jacksonville, and that he will not be there long time.

    The area where the Jags are wrong is where they hold out for an offer better than what they will receive. Trying to force a disgruntled player to play is a terrible idea, and they know that there’s no way to force Ngakoue to NOT make that decision to sit out, as dumb as it may be. They will get rid of him before that happens. They seemed committed to a trade before all of this happened-it’s not as if the Jags were expected to extend him and then this occurred out of the blue.

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