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. -91— Yannick Ngakoue (@YannickNgakoue) March 2, 2020
So, should the Eagles try to make a trade?
First, let’s look at the financials of the situation. With Jacksonville placing the franchise tag on Ngakoue, he’s looking at a salary over $19 million.
Jags will use franchise tag on Yannick Ngakoue; tag for DEs carries an approximate salary of $19.3 million. In four seasons, Ngakoue has 37.5 sacks and has forced 14 fumbles, which is fourth in NFL over that span behind Khalil Mack (17), Chandler Jones (17) and T.J. Watt (15).— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 2, 2020
The 24-year-old has missed just one game in the past four seasons, and was on the field for over 70% of defensive snaps since 2017. Ngakoue played a moderate amount of special teams in 2017 and 2018 (16% and 17% of snaps, respectively). He has claimed 122 total tackles — including 85 QB hits, 42 tackles for loss, and 37.5 sacks — 14 forced fumbles, 9 passes defended, and 2 interceptions during his career.
During his 2017 Pro Bowl season, the defensive end had an incredible 12 sacks and 6 forced fumbles — including 1 fumble recovery for a touchdown. And, in 4 seasons, he’s had no fewer than an 8-sacks per year.
Yannick Ngakoue popping all over as I watch Jackson.. this stop on 4th & Goal from the 1-yard line is just stupid. pic.twitter.com/781LwFkESe— Michael Kist (@MichaelKistNFL) March 12, 2019
Re: Yannick Ngakoue. The guy is one of the hardest-working players I've ever seen & he's uber-competitive & talented.— Mike Kaye (@mike_e_kaye) March 2, 2020
The issue w/ the tag, if that happens, is now you're going to need to deal a premium pick (or 2 or 3) and pay him market-setting money.
Color me intrigued.
The Eagles currently have Genard Avery, Derek Barnett, Vinny Curry, Brandon Graham, Shareef Miller, and Josh Sweat under contract at defensive end. Curry is the only one set to be a free agent. Graham and Barnett are the starters but the depth behind them isn’t anything special.
So, what do you say?
Should the Eagles trade for Yannick Ngakoue?
This poll is closed
Depends on terms (sound off in the comments)