Jacksonville Jaguars edge rusher Yannick Ngakoue

What teams could be interested in trading for Yannick Ngakoue

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By Anthony Esbensen March 15, 2020 0 Comment
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With Yannick Ngakoue wanting out of Jacksonville, here are some teams that can make a push to trade for the young pass rusher.

Death, taxes and good players are wanting out of Jacksonville. Jacksonville Jaguars pass-rusher Yannick Ngakoue has expressed that he no longer wants a long term deal, and would like to play for a new team. However, general manager Dave Caldwell would put the franchise tag on the 24-year-old pass rusher.

In case you did not know, Yannick’s last training camp held out for a contract extension he never got. This and seeing guys like Andrew Norwell, Nick Foles, and Blake Bortles get money would snowball into where we are now. Yannick wanted to get an extension and secure some security, and the Jaguars chose to wait until this off-season to do so. Now we are here with him on a franchise tag, likely to be traded.

He will most likely be on the move, but this time in a trade. Here are the teams that could be looking at the edge rusher.

Las Vegas Raiders

Ah yes, the Raiders, some people may call them the Gruden grinders. Well, these guys need some help getting after the quarterback. Even though they drafted Clelin Ferrell and mad Max Crosby, they can still use some help. The money would also work as they are sitting with a little over 55 million dollars in cap space. However, the question is, draft capital.

The Raiders do have two first-round picks but have little top-heavy assets to work with on day 2. I don’t think it is entirely out of the left field to see a pick swap involved also. Maybe the Raiders move down from 12 to 20 and get Yannick in the process. Just a thought.

New York Giants

It looks like Pat Shurmur got his revenge after all as the Giants beat the Washington Redskins week. Now instead of Chase Young, the football Giants need to find a plan B. It is no secret the Giants need help on the EDGE, and Yannick is a prime candidate for the Joe Judge lead team. Dave Gettleman has preached that defense wins championships, and a great defense needs guys to get after the quarterback.

With Markus Golden set to be a free agent, the Giants will need to replace him. The drop off is very steep with the next two sack leaders being Lorenzo Carter, a promising young guy who needs to put it all together and Oshane Ximines (both at 4.5 sacks), a rookie. If they genuinely believe defense wins championships, you got to place assets into it. They will likely be giving up pick number 36 to acquire Yannick, a steep price for the team. However, it would put a lot less pressure on them to draft one in a weak class.

Also, they have more than 75 million dollars in cap space.

Miami Dolphins

The tank will be over for the Miami Dolphins with them going for a quarterback this upcoming draft. The Dolphins have a plethora of assets, including five picks in the top two rounds, and they need a lot more talent across the board. The cap situation is very good for them and with head coach Brian Flores already looking like a home run hire. The Dolphins will be looking to compete again in 2020.

The likely trade would be for one of their seconds, which would put the Jaguars in a good position for this draft with four picks in the first two rounds. Along with this, the Dolphins will have over 90 million dollars in cap space. All this team needs is more talent, and Yannick will provide that at a valuable position.

New York Jets

Instead of spending a first-round pick on Marlon Davidson, how about the New York Jets just trade a second for Yannick? They do have the money to make this work with over 50 million dollars in cap space. Joe Douglas comes from the Howie Roseman tree in Philadelphia. They valued guys getting after the quarterback. Although the Jets have a good pick to trade the Jaguars at number 48, it is unlikely they would want to spend this much as they do not have a ton of picks this year. Another idea could be them swapping picks 11 and 20, just like with the Raiders.

In 2019 the Jets edge group was lead by Jordan Jenkins, so there is undoubtedly room to upgrade for them. Trading for Yannick Ngakoue means the Jets can entirely go all-in on trying to build their offensive line in the draft. They will no longer feel the stress with drafting someone high.

Cleveland Browns

General Manager Andrew Berry has already stressed that they intend to be aggressive this off-season to acquire talent. They also have a hole to fill on the defensive line after cutting Olivier Vernon. Imagine a pass-rushing combo of Myles Garrett and Yannick Ngakoue to get after quarterbacks in the AFC North. Berry also comes from the Howie Roseman tree, so he may want to pursue another pass rusher on the other side of Garrett.

Just remember, before you say anything, don’t sleep on the Browns.

The Jacksonville Jaguars do have plenty of options if they choose to trade Yannick. It will be interesting to see what Dave Caldwell has up his sleeves. If he can trade A.J. Bouye for a fourth-round pick, we should have confidence he can get fair value for Yannick Ngakoue.

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