Yannick Ngakoue’s wish has been granted.
The Jacksonville Jaguars have agreed to trade their disgruntled star defensive end to the Minnesota Vikings in exchange for a 2021 second-round pick and a conditional 2022 fifth-round pick — potentially becoming a third-or-fourth-round pick, if Ngakoue reaches the Pro Bowl and/or the Vikings win the Super Bowl — according to ESPN. Ngakoue, who hasn’t yet signed his one-year, $17.8 million franchise-tag tender, has agreed to a pay cut of “a few million” to give the Vikings more cap space ahead of likely negotiations on a long-term deal, according to NFL Network.
A 2016 third-round pick, Ngakoue, 25, reached the Pro Bowl in his second season, ranks second in Jaguars history with 37.5 sacks and ranks fourth in the NFL in forced fumbles (14) in the past four seasons. However, Ngakoue’s inability to secure a long-term contract from Jacksonville has created friction with the franchise, dating back to last summer. The Jaguars reportedly offered him a deal worth $19 million per season, but Ngakoue declined, playing last season for $2.025 million, following an 11-day holdout in training camp.
Problems between the two sides intensified in March, when Ngakoue publicly revealed he told Jacksonville he wouldn’t sign a long-term contract with the team. Then, he called Tony Khan, the son of Jaguars owner Shad Khan, spoiled on Twitter, along with a clown emoji.
Khan responded that Ngakoue’s desire to be traded wouldn’t be granted through such actions.
″It’s a new regime here sir,″ Khan wrote. ″I thank you from the bottom of my heart for all of the contributions you made here. That said, tweeting insults at me won’t get you traded any faster. Only good trade compensation will do that. Please redirect your efforts into a more productive outlet.″