JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville Jaguars never got the first-round draft pick they sought for Yannick Ngakoue.
Still, the Minnesota Vikings didn't acquire a young, productive pass rusher without some sacrifice.
Jacksonville dealt Ngakoue to Minnesota on Sunday for a second-round draft pick in 2021 and a conditional fifth-rounder in 2022, a trade that was formally executed with the league on Monday.
Jaguars coach Doug Marrone said the team “feels good" with the compensation they received in return for a 25-year-old defensive end with 37 1/2 sacks and 14 forced fumbles in four seasons.
“When you’re a coach and you’re sitting there, it’s almost like you feel like you’re in the middle,” Marrone said. “You want what’s best for the player. You want what’s best for the team. In this situation — I haven’t spoken to Yann — but obviously if he’s happy, then I’m happy for him.”
Ngakoue agreed to rework his 2020 salary to get out of Jacksonville, according to a person familiar with the trade. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.
He made it clear on several occasions this year he wanted out of Jacksonville, even sparring with the team owner’s son on Twitter, and he left millions on the table to make it happen. Ngakoue turned down an offer that would have guaranteed him $17.8 million from Jacksonville this season. He will now make $12 million in 2020.
Ngakoue, a speedy strip-sack specialist, made the Pro Bowl in 2017 and was an alternate the past two seasons. He clearly outplayed his $3.84 million rookie contract. He made $2.025 million in 2019 — far less than other top playmakers at his position.