Yannick Ngakoue really doesn't want to play for the Jacksonville Jaguars, and he still hasn't backed off his original stance.
The defensive end still wants a trade, according to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler, and doesn't plan to sign his franchise tag at any point in the near future.
A franchise tag situation to watch approaching July 15: Jaguars DE Yannick Ngakoue. I’m told nothing has changed with his stance - he still desires a trade - and doesn’t have immediate plans to sign the tag. This could bleed well into training camp, absent deal with a new team.— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) July 1, 2020
The deadline for tagged players to sign long-term contracts is July 15, but Ngakoue isn't the slightest bit interested in negotiating a deal to remain with the Jags. After the July 15 deadline, Ngakoue would only be able to play under the one-year tag in 2020.
If Jacksonville decides to hold on to him, the 25-year-old could abstain from signing until well into training camp. He held out of training camp last year before making his contract demands know to the organization.
It's not surprising Ngakoue wants to be traded from the Jaguars. Jacksonville has traded Calais Campbell, A.J. Bouye and Nick Foles — and that's not all. Running back Leonard Fournette also reportedly wants a trade, so the Jaguars aren't going to be very good for the next few years and possibly longer.
Back in March, several teams inquired about Ngakoue, including the Green Bay Packers, Seattle Seahawks and New York Jets. If the Jags really wanted trade him, it doesn't appear that it would be too difficult.
Ngakoue has recorded eight or more sacks in each of his four seasons in Jacksonville, so it's no surprise that many teams are interested in the former Pro Bowler.
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