Ravens acquire Yannick Ngakoue in a trade with the Vikings

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Baltimore Ravens has made an addition to their defensive line. The Ravens acquired defensive end Yannick Ngakoue on Thursday for two draft picks.

He was acquired for a 2021 third-round draft pick and a conditional 2022 fifth-round draft pick.

Minnesota Vikings defensive end Yannick Ngakoue attempts to sack Philip Rivers against the Indianapolis Colts
Yannick Ngakoue attempts to sack Philip Rivers against the Indianapolis Colts (Photo by Yannick Ngakoue/Instagram)

“We are excited to add Yannick Ngakoue to our football team,” Ravens general manager Eric DeCosta said in a statement. “Yannick is someone who we are very familiar with going back to the draft process years ago. He is an exciting player and a dangerous pass rusher who makes us better. Yannick grew up here. He’s the type of person we welcome in our building. Finally, we are not finished building this team, as we continue to chase our ultimate goals.”

This is the second trade that he has been involved in since late August. The Vikings acquired Ngakoue in a trade with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Ngakoue did not want to play with the Jaguars anymore and was willing to hold out. The Jaguars shipped Ngakoue to Minnesota on August 31st.

He was acquired for a 2021 second-round draft pick and a 2021 conditional fifth-round draft pick.

The Vikings nearly got back their entire deal from the Jaguars deal.

Ravens General Manager Eric DeCosta has made several key trades in the past year without giving up a lot in value. He acquired Marcus Peters last season before the trade deadline for Kenny Young and a fifth-round draft pick.

In the off-season, he acquired Calais Campbell for a fifth-round draft pick. Then, now, he acquired Ngakoue with a third-round draft pick.

Campbell and Ngakoue are now reunited in Baltimore. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Ravens have been trying to acquire Ngakoue for some time. 

With this deal happening during the team’s bye week, he’ll have more time to learn the Ravens system. He’s expected to fly to Baltimore by Friday.

The Vikings will now be responsible for $6.8 million in a dead cap hit. However, he brings his $5.17 million deal over to the Ravens. 

Since he got traded twice, Ngakoue’s contract has lowered to $5.17 million after getting a franchise tag at $12 million with the Jaguars.

Also, Baltimore will now attempt to sign Ngakoue to a long-term deal, as he is a free agent at the end of the season. 

The 25-year-old — who was born in Washington, D.C. and played college football at Maryland — had six appearances, including five starts, before the trade with the Vikings. He had 12 tackles, five tackles for a loss and seven quarterback hits. 

Ngakoue also had 5.0 sacks and two forced fumbles. 

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