Vikings acquire disgruntled Yannick Ngakoue in trade

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Minnesota Vikings have acquired disgruntled defensive end Yannick Ngakoue in a trade. In exchange, the Jacksonville Jaguars have received two draft picks.

According to ESPN, league sources have indicated that the deal will include a 2021 second-round draft pick going to the Jaguars. Jacksonville also receives a 2022 conditional fifth-round draft pick.

Former Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Yannick Ngakoue celebrates a play on the field against the Cincinnati Bengals
Yannick Ngakoue celebrates a play on the field against the Cincinnati Bengals (Getty Images)

The sources, who spoke with ESPN, said that the fifth-round draft pick could turn into a third-round draft pick. If Ngakoue plays in the Pro Bowl this season, the conditional pick would become a fourth-round draft pick.

It could become a third-round pick if he is selected to the Pro Bowl and the Vikings win the Super Bowl.

In order for the trade to become official, Ngakoue must sign his franchise tender. He is expected to sign a one-year, $12 million deal.

“It’s evident that my time in Jacksonville is up,” Ngakoue tweeted out to the world. “But I want to say thank you to the organization for making it a home for myself for four years, and that I’ll never forget. That chapter is over with now. Nothing lasts forever. But I’m truly excited to start this new chapter! SKOL!”

With this move, it helps offset the team’s loss of Everson Griffen, who recently signed a one-year contract with the Dallas Cowboys. Ngakoue is expected to play defensive end opposite of Danielle Hunter.

Before this trade, he hinted that he wanted to play for the Philadelphia Eagles. 

He was a third-round draft pick by the Jaguars in the 2016 NFL Draft. He played college football with the Maryland Terrapins.

While in Jacksonville, he appeared in 69 games, including 67 starts. He had 123 tackles, including 42 tackles for a loss and 85 quarterback hits.

Ngakoue also had 37.5 sacks, two interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown; 14 forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, including one returned for a touchdown; and nine pass deflections.

With the 37.5 sacks, he is ranked fourth all-time on the Jaguars sack list in just four seasons.

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