Yannick Ngakoue caused a stir among Eagles fans last week when he did some things on social media that hinted he wants to play in Philadelphia. The Jacksonville Jaguars’ star pass rusher “liked” on a report about the Eagles being interested in trading for him before then putting up a picture of an eagle emoji and then another of Reggie White on his Instagram story.
NFL insider Mike Garafolo threw some cold water on the buzz by saying there was “nothing going on” with a trade for Ngakoue.
But that didn’t stop Ngakoue from creating more intrigue via his social media. He posted a picture of a cheesesteak with the caption: “Need 1. Never had it.”
Now Yannick Ngakoue is posting that he wants a cheesesteak... COME ON pic.twitter.com/WqtcpqS0Eu— Philly Nation (@Philly__Nation) March 22, 2020
Then he posted two pictures of Trent Cole, who has the second most sacks in Eagles franchise history:
So ... is Ngakoue really trying to let the Eagles know he wants them to trade for him? Or is he just having fun by toying with Eagles fans? Maybe both?
Ngakoue, who turns 25 in one week, previously stated he has no interest in signing a long-term contract extension with the Jags after being franchise tagged.
One would think the cost to acquire Ngakoue wouldn’t be cheap; he’s a young player at a premium position with 37.5 sacks and 14 forced fumbles in 63 games played. Ngakoue has never had fewer than eight sacks in a season and he’s only missed one tilt during his four-year career.
Adding Ngakoue to the Eagles’ defense would certainly make it better. But do the Eagles want to spend what it takes to both acquire him and then sign him to a massive extension? The argument can easily be made that they should. The feeling here is that Jim Schwartz is higher on what the Eagles already have at defensive end than outside observers are, however.
And so I’ll believe the Eagles are trading for Ngakoue when I see it happen. Certainly still something to monitor as he continues to hint that he wants Howie Roseman to come calling for him ... assuming that’s truly what’s happening here.