Vikings, Jaguars announce Yannick Ngakoue trade

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It’s official: Yannick Ngakoue is a member of the Vikings.

The Vikings and the Jaguars have announced the trade that sends Ngakoue to Minnesota for a 2021 second-round pick and a conditional fifth-round selection in 2022. (The fifth-round pick reportedly can become a third-round pick.)

The announcement means that Ngakoue ultimately signed off on the terms of a new contract before the finalization of the trade. As reported on Sunday, Ngakoue gave up $5.788 million in salary, dropping his franchise tender from $17.788 million to $12 million without securing any incentives based on sacks or the ability to avoid being franchise-tagged in 2021.

Some around the league wondered whether Ngakoue would balk at ultimately signing the deal, under the terms that were reported. In the end, he signed it as is, without any type of modification or enhancement.

And so Ngakoue’s holdout has ended in one fell swoop, with the player traded to Minnesota and with the Vikings beefing up their pass rush in a big way, vaulting Ngakoue and Danielle Hunter into the conversation for the best pass-rushing duo in the NFL.

14 responses to “Vikings, Jaguars announce Yannick Ngakoue trade

  1. Does he play Wide Receiver, because who is Kurt going to throw to? Thelen is washedup/hurt, Diggs is GONE, Kyle “Zero Yards after the Catch” Rudolph?

  2. Jags really have a knack for trading players when they have no leverage remaining, after the draft.

  3. Let’s just be honest – He wanted to go to a good team with a great defense. What a bookend defensive line we have now! SKOL!

  4. The Vikings drafted a WR in the 1st round and again in the 5th.
    Not to mention the money they saved (Trading Diggs) likely allowed they to beef up other positions… like pass rusher.

  5. Enjoy your 1 year rental. He is going to throw a fit when you don’t offer $22 Million per year next year…

  6. Ngakoue gave up $5.788 million in salary, dropping his franchise tender from $17.788 million to $12 million without securing any incentives based on sacks or the ability to avoid being franchise-tagged in 2021. Wow, this guy must of really wanted out of Jacksonville.

  7. The only thing left to get rid of is the remaining fans and they are doing a pretty good job at it.

  8. Wow, I’d like to be able to throw away 5.78 million away just because I didn’t want to play somewhere.

  9. Again, not much risk for the Vikes — even if he is a rental, they’d get a 3rd round compensatory pick next year to go with the other 11 picks they already have. If he plays well, it may very well be worth the difference between a 2nd and 3rd round pick.

  10. Its a good thing my eagles drafted a back up qb who isnt very good at playing qb in the second round or we could have had an elite pass rusher … smh

  11. chillyball says:
    August 31, 2020 at 2:39 pm
    Does he play Wide Receiver, because who is Kurt going to throw to? Thelen is washedup/hurt, Diggs is GONE, Kyle “Zero Yards after the Catch” Rudolph?

    @@@@@@@@222

    The Vikings picked up the top receiver in the draft, try and get out a little more.

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