According to Michael Lombardi, the former GM of the Cleveland Browns, and current writer for The Athletic, the Jaguars are close to trading disgruntled defensive end Yannick Ngakoue. After failing to come to a long-term agreement last season, Ngakoue has yet to sign the franchise tender and has publicly asked the Jaguars to trade him.
At 3:13 pm on Wednesday, Lombardi tweeted: "According to NFL sources, Jacksonville is extremely close to trading Yannick Ngakoue today or tomorrow, have a firm offer in place--(hearing a two). looks like this holdout will be over soon and Jacksonville will get more picks for their tanking...."
The Jaguars have been playing this one close to the vest, and reportedly were looking for at least a first-round pick in exchange for Yannick Ngakoue, who has racked up 37.5 sacks and 14 strip-sacks in his four-year career. But Lombardi says he hears it's a second-round pick.
While the team and exact compensation have yet to be revealed, this is a welcomed development in a storyline that has dragged on all offseason. The Jaguars are set to add to their already massive arsenal of 2021 draft picks (the team currently holds nine picks), and Yannick Ngakoue appears to be getting what he's been wishing for: a new team.
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