Jacksonville Jaguars will use their franchise tag on pass-rusher Yannick Ngakoue, per league sources. The tag will allow them to try to trade him if that’s what they decide or are forced to do.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 2, 2020
The franchise tag would guarantee Ngakoue roughly $19.3 million for the 2020 NFL season.
Ngakoue has been seen as a primary target for the New York Giants in the coming free agency period. The Giants are in desperate need of pass rushers after posting one of the worst four-man pressure rates in the NFL last year. The Jaguars are heavily cash-strapped, but money can be shed to create the cap flexibility to keep Ngakoue if they really want to do it.
Schefter mentions the possibility of a trade, which is an avenue Ngakoue himself might force.
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 while the Giants might not be able to pursue Ngakoue in free agency, they could still pursue a trade for him with the Jaguars. The what that trade entails isn’t known, but it’s expected that as a premier pass rusher, Ngakoue would fetch good value for the Jags. It’s also worth noting that any team that trades for Ngakoue would have to sign him to a long-term deal, which reportedly could top $22 million per year.
Ngakoue has been one of the most productive pass rushers in the NFL since entering the league four years ago. In that time he has had 37.5 sacks and his 14 forced fumbles is fourth in the league over that span.
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