Yannick Ngakoue parted ways with his agent, Ari Nissim, per Tom Pelissero of NFL Media.
Ngakoue will have to wait five days before officially signing on with new representation. Whoever he signs on with will be his third agent.
What's most important here, from the Jaguars' perspective, is the why?
It's unclear whether this will lead to Ngakoue being more cooperative with the Jaguars OR if it's a sign that he's digging in his heels even deeper.
The Jaguars —under the leadership of Tom Coughlin, who has since been fired — broke off contract negotiations with Yannick Ngakoue prematurely in the summer of 2019. The relationship between player and team quickly deteriorated. Despite GM Dave Caldwell's public desire to resign Ngakoue, no negotiations took place in 2020. Ngakoue instead demanded a trade, and when the Jaguars didn't give in to the trade demands, they were forced to place the franchise tag on Ngakoue, which he has yet to sign.
Now, with training camp underway and the regular season looming, Ngakoue has parted with his agent. Leonard Fournette, the Jaguars' starting running back, also parted way with Ari Nissim earlier this offseason.
With more questions than answers, it's unclear where this latest development will lead. If the Jaguars elect not to trade Ngakoue before the start of the regular season, he can either sign the franchise tender and earn $17.8 million in 2020, or hold out, make no money, and wait to see what happens following the season. But the Jaguars will have the ability to place the tag on Ngakoue again in 2021. Ngakoue has earned $4.67 million in his career to this point.
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