Just a few months after trading for him, the Minnesota Vikings have traded away defensive end Yannick Ngakoue. He is being acquired by the Baltimore Ravens, who themselves picked up another defensive end, Calais Campbell in the offseason.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported the news on Thursday afternoon.
Vikings and Ravens finalizing a trade to send DE Yannick Ngakoue to Baltimore for a 2021 third-round pick and a 2022 conditional fifth-round pick, sources tell ESPN.
Vikings initially sent 2021 second-round pick and 2022 conditional fifth-round pick to Jags. Now get most back.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 22, 2020
The Vikings got almost all of their value back, since they traded away a 2021 second and a 2022 (conditional) fifth round pick and returned a third and a (conditional) fifth in the same years. Ngakoue, however should have been much more expensive.
Due to the fact that he was on a team in the Jacksonville Jaguars that he desperately wanted to leave, the Jags sold him low so as to recoup at least something for him instead of letting Ngakoue walk in free agency. The Vikings seem to have regressed immensely this year, as most saw them winning the NFC North. Instead, they sit at 1-5 and seem to be prepping for the future instead of utilizing his services.
The 2017 forced fumble leader and All-Pro selection has five sacks already this year. The Ravens have a blitz-heavy defense that loves getting to the quarterback, so Ngakoue should be right at home in Baltimore. One of the league’s scariest defenses gets scarier.
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