The Jacksonville Jaguars will franchise tag defensive end Yannick Ngakoue. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported the news on Monday morning, via Twitter.
Jacksonville Jaguars will use their franchise tag on pass-rusher Yannick Ngakoue, per league sources. The tag will allow them to try to trade him if that’s what they decide or are forced to do.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 2, 2020
Ngakoue has been vocal about not wanting to play for Jacksonville. Schefter even mentioned in his tweet that the Jags are likely franchising Ngakoue in order to trade him. Since he is a free agent, the tag and trade is the only way the Jaguars can get some value in return for his departure.
After the franchise tag was announced, Ngakoue himself hopped on Twitter to say, in no uncertain terms, that he will not play for the Jaguars anymore. He express love for the Jaguars fanbase, however.
The Jaguars are aware I no longer have interest in signing a long term contract in Jacksonville. Duval, I love you and gave you guys everything I got. I’m thankful for the journey and look forward to continuing my career elsewhere. -91
— Yannick Ngakoue (@YannickNgakoue) March 2, 2020
If the Jaguars do not pull off a trade, then Ngakoue will likely sit out the 2020 season. Similarly to Le’Veon Bell who held out during the 2018 season, as he refused to sign the Pittsburgh Steelers’ franchise tag.
Ngakoue had a productive 2019 season for the Jags. In 15 games he had one interception, eight sacks and 41 total tackles. These were not his career highs, but he remained productive nonetheless. He also is a very healthy player, who missed his first and only game in four years in 2019.
TGH will keep an eye on who may want to make a deal with Jacksonville for Ngakoue.
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