The Jacksonville Jaguars have been busy this offseason shuffling their defense and trading multiple impact starters. And if an NFL team wants to acquire Pro Bowl defensive end Yannick Ngakoue, the asking price reportedly starts at a first-round draft pick.
According to ESPN’s Jordan Raanan, the Jaguars are making it known that any trade discussions for Ngakoue would need to start with a first-round pick. While Jacksonville’s front office is reportedly open to being more flexible for teams with a top-15 pick, the organization would still require a strong and creative return to move the star pass rusher.
Sources I spoke with this AM were under the impression that compensation for Yannick Ngakoue in a trade began with a first-round pick. Or teams in the top half of the round would have to get creative. This is a player who has never had a season w/less than 8.0 sacks— Jordan Raanan (@JordanRaanan) March 19, 2020
The Jaguars placed the franchise tag on Ngakoue before the new league year, ensuring he wouldn’t hit the open market. However, after holding out during training camp last year over contract negotiations, the 24-year-old Pro Bowler made it clear this offseason that he won’t play another snap for the Jaguars.
Jacksonville traded star defensive lineman Calais Campbell to the Ravens for a fifth-round pick and moved cornerback A.J. Bouye to the Denver Broncos for a fourth-round selection. While both moves created enough cap space for the Jags to potentially sign Ngakoue to an extension, he doesn’t seem interested in making that happen.
Ngakoue will attract plenty of interest. While teams might wait to see if the cost comes down, Ngakoue has proven to be an outstanding edge rusher. He recorded 13 tackles for loss, eight sacks and four forced fumbles in 15 games last season. Since being drafted with the 69th pick in 2016, Ngakoue has also registered four consecutive seasons with eight-plus sacks.
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