Just before contract negotiations between Jacksonville and star pass rusher Yannick Ngakoue broke down on Tuesday, the Jaguars reportedly offered Yannick Ngakoue a contract worth over $19 million a year with over $50 million guaranteed over the first two years.
If the Jaguars are willing to shell out that type of cash guaranteed over a two year period, it shouldn't be difficult for them to get to a longer term deal worth worth just a bit more, which is clearly what Ngakoue is looking for. Long term stability is the name of the game for stars that are going into their second contract in the league.
Pass rushers DeMarcus Lawrence and Frank Clark were given $65 million and $62.3 million guaranteed respectively. If the Jaguars could get to around 5 years with an average salary of $20 million with $62-plus million guaranteed, I think they'll have themselves a deal.
It doesn't really seem like the two sides are that far off. The Jaguars' brass needs to pony up, get Yannick Ngakoue in camp, and look to regain their 2017 defensive prowess.
Locking up Ngakoue on a long term deal is a no brainer. There's risk with every contract and every player, but Ngakoue is about as low risk as it comes. He's a self-motivated star pass rusher who does everything right on and off the field. And he has no history of injury to boot.
It's time for Tom Coughlin and Dave Caldwell to get it done.