Reports: Vikings get Yannick Ngakoue for $12 million, with the ability to tag him next year

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Yes, Yannick Ngakoue really, truly, badly wanted out of Jacksonville.

Per multiple reports, the final number of the salary Ngakoue will earn from the Vikings in 2020 comes in at $12 million. That’s a $5.788 million reduction, nearly a third of what he would have made this year if he’d stayed with the Jaguars. (Meanwhile, he wouldn’t have paid state income taxes for his eight home games; he’ll pay 9.85 percent for his eight homes games now. That’s another $591,000.)

Despite the pay cut, the Vikings retain the ability to tag Ngakoue in 2021. He’d either get the base franchise tag for defensive ends, which will drop from $17.788 million if the cap drops, down to a minimum of a 20-percent raise over $12 million, or $14.4 million. That 2021 tag also would become the starting point for a long-term deal.

Coincidentally, or not, Vikings defensive end Danielle Hunter currently makes $14.4 million per year. Thus, the Ngakoue haircut will make Hunter less inclined to potentially want more money.

If the deal isn’t officially official, it’s possible that someone will realize that, in return for the $5.788 million haircut, Ngakoue should have greater protection under the franchise tag. If it isn’t officially official, it’s also possible that Ngakoue will realize that, for $5.788 million plus the absence of state income taxes for his home games, he should suck it up for one more year in Jacksonville and then become an unrestricted free agent in little more than six months.

25 responses to “Reports: Vikings get Yannick Ngakoue for $12 million, with the ability to tag him next year

  1. We’re seeing that money isn’t everything, once you’ve become a multi-millionaire, and your family is financially set for life. Ever spent time in both cities?

  2. charliecharger says:
    August 30, 2020 at 8:41 pm
    We’re seeing that money isn’t everything, once you’ve become a multi-millionaire, and your family is financially set for life. Ever spent time in both cities?

    @@@@@@@@@@222

    I have lived in both cities. I’m not going to retire in FLA but in MPLS.

  3. become an unrestricted free agent in little more than six months.———————————-

    “Nga Nga Nganna work here anymore anyways.”

  4. Yawn. Another year another top player takes less money to get to play in Minnesota. It’s not even news anymore at this point

  5. Ever spent time in both cities?

    I’ve lived in both cities. You couldn’t pay me to sit through another Minnesota winter. Jacksonville is extremely underrated.

  6. or get $750,000.00 every game and play for an organization that wants to win and has an even more talented LDE to keep double-teams off him.

  7. Danielle Hunter has been angling for a new contract since camp began. Haven’t you noticed that he hasn’t practiced once and all they say about it every day is he has a “tweak”? They’re probably working on it right now.

    In other news, looks like this will be Dalvin Cook’s last year with the Vikings.

  8. Ngakoue is making $12 million over the next several months, and Clowney is unemployed.

    Which one would you rather be?

  9. There’s a lot to be said for taking a discount – when you’re still making 8 figures a year after the discount- to going to play for a top defense, with another top-notch edge rusher your same age, with one of the best defensive line coaches and defensive coaches in the game, and also the best stadium, and best practice facility in the league, for a playoff team. Sets the stage for ideal productivity and chance to win. 5 years, $75 million – in addition to what you’ve already earned – should set you up well for both personal success as a player, and financial security for generations of your family to come…

  10. This makes Minnesota better. Anyone know the line for pack vs Vikes? It had to have jumped at least a point… maybe a point and a half.

  11. That feels like an all in move by the Vikings. NFC is wide open with NFC East looking like Dallas… Eagles may not even be a playoff team and then two rebuilding teams. NFC West is also wide open with up and coming Arizona, San Francisco which is a question mark, and Seattle which may be fading a bit and Los Angles which has taken two steps back. Good move by the Vikings to try to cash in this year.

  12. Better off trading for a lineman on the other side of the ball. Turnstiles don’t make good pass blockers.

  13. You’re always taking a calculated risk when signing someone else’s malcontent. This guy outplayed his hand in Jacksonville.

  14. cheeseisfattening says:
    August 30, 2020 at 9:06 pm
    Yawn. Another year another top player takes less money to get to play in Minnesota. It’s not even news anymore at this point
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    It’s terrific……if you’re accustomed to coming up small in big games. It’s a great fit for both.

  15. Ya think maybe, just maybe, the Vikes are a good team to play for?? Great Defensive minded Head Coach, the best defensive line coach, great facility and owners….

  16. They’re trying to restructure Reiff or release him to gain cap room — geez is our O-line gonna stink.

  17. Hi Yannick! Welcome. Being new to the NFC, here’s some inside info:

    If you tackle Aaron Rodgers .30 of a second after he releases a pass on what you thought was just going to be his 59th pump-fake of the play, and you injure him, he will glare daggers at you, and make snide comments about you to the media.

    Don’t worry about it. Everyone will eventually hike up their big boy pants and get over it. You should definitely still try to tackle him EVERY CHANCE YOU GET.
    Along with all the other QB beasts you will face this year. Deshaun Watson, Russell Wilson, Tom Brady, and Drew Brees to name a few. Yikes.. anybody wonder why the Vikings traded for this guy? I like the pick up.

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