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Jacksonville Jaguars possible trade partners for Yannick Ngakoue

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By Mike Brez March 3, 2020 0 Comment
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Jacksonville Jaguars edge rusher Yannick Ngakoue spoke out Monday morning he wants out of Jacksonville. Who are possible trade partners for the Jaguars?

The Jacksonville Jaguars have been forced to use the franchise tag on edge rusher Yannick Ngakoue. The two sides attempted to negotiate an agreement on a new contract last offseason, which was reported to be around $19 million annually. Ngakoue turned down the offer and sat out of OTA’s, mandatory minicamp, and the first 11 days of training camp. Yannick Ngakoue made it clear that he has no interest in signing a long-term deal with the Jaguars in 2020. He tweeted out Monday morning that his time in Jacksonville is over.

Franchise tagging Yannick Ngakoue was the right move by Jacksonville. Even if the organization understands that they won’t retain him, teams will have an interest in acquiring him. Given his resume during his time in Jacksonville, the Jaguars should have no problem finding a trade partner. A former third-round pick, Ngakoue totaled 37.5 sacks in four seasons. That’s good for second-most in franchise history in just four years. In 2019, Frank Clark and Dee Ford both ended up being franchise tagged and traded to a new team. Given the contract Ngakoue will command and draft capital to acquire his services, what teams fit for trade partners?

Buffalo Bills

The Buffalo Bills finished the 2019 season 10-6 but fell short to the Houston Texans in the Wild Card round. The defense was one of the best in the league last year, holding 12 of their 16 opponents to 20 points or less. The Bills currently have $82 million in CAP space while also having a quarterback on his rookie contract. Buffalo is in desperate need of an edge rusher to help them get over the hump in 2020. Shaq Lawson is set to hit free agency, and Lorenzo Alexander has retired. General Manager Brandon Beane is aggressive trading up multiple times in the draft in his first three seasons with the Bills.

Instead of paying Lawson, who’s been inconsistent until 2019, why not trade for Yannick Ngakoue? It’s unlikely they will find the edge rusher they need at pick 22 in the 2020 NFL Draft. Buffalo has nine draft picks in 2020, and another eight in 2021. Grab Ngakoue and pair him with an already stacked defense and focus on the offense the rest of the draft.

Philadelphia Eagles

One of the most aggressive general managers in the league would be Howie Roseman. Being bold in free agency plays a significant role in helping get the Eagles to the Super Bowl a couple of years ago. The defensive line rotation was arguably the best in the league that year. Philadelphia is sitting at about $42 million in cap space heading into 2020, which might make things tricky. On the other hand, the CAP is expected to go up another $12 million or more in 2020, and even further in 2021 when the new CBA kicks in.

The Eagles were rumored as one of the teams trying to acquire Jadeveon Clowney last summer. Now they have a chance to get a better player in 2020 to match with Fletcher Cox and Derek Barnett. Other needs for the Eagles in 2020 include wide receiver and cornerback. The draft class has excellent depth at both of those positions if Roseman wants to trade capital away for a top tier edge rusher. Yannick Ngakoue fits perfectly in the Eagles defensive scheme, and it puts him outside of the AFC.

New York Giants

To say the New York Giants need a pass rusher is an understatement. Ranking 22nd in sacks in 2019, their lead rusher, Markus Golden, hits free agency in two weeks. Golden came down with ten sacks on the year, which is double the second-place rusher. New York attacked the cornerback position heavily in last year’s draft but still struggled on the back end. They took three cornerbacks, including Deandre Baker, Julian Love, and Corey Ballentine. Even with all of that draft capital put into the position, the Giants gave up the 28th most passing yards per game in 2019. It sure sounds like the secondary would benefit from a pass rush that could get home once in a while.

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