The Jacksonville Jaguars were not close to trading disgruntled defensive end Yannick Ngakoue on Thursday, and the team is planning on him being on the roster in 2020. Let's get this shit done. Also this week, Ngakoue and owner Tony Khan took their battle to Twitter.
I'm not in hiding sir, I'm in isolation getting ready for the draft.
"Since your [sic] feeling might [y] today let's both let the world in on the truth", he said to Khan. The star defensive end goes on to disclose that the two previously agreed on parting ways following the team's Week 14 game vs. the Chargers a season ago. Yet you try to back door the situation without answering any of my camps calls.
In his next response, Khan wrote: "Tweeting insults at me won't get you traded any faster".
Jacksonville appears to have steep draft-pick compensation demands in a trade for the 25-year-old Ngakoue.
Show me the compensation. "I don't need the speech", Khan fired back: "I'm sure you're really driving up the price today".
In addition, Ngakoue has been responsible for five of the 12 defensive touchdowns the Jaguars have scored since 2016: a pick-six, a fumble return and three forced fumbles on sacks that other players recovered for TDs, plus another forced fumble that resulted in a touchdown in the playoffs. He is commanding market-setting money due to his youth and production while in Jacksonville. He is now set to make $17.8 million on the franchise tag this season.
Some would say Ngakoue's social-media outburst could prompt teams to shy away. He has not signed the tender and has made it clear he wants the Jaguars to trade him. Plus, exclusive news and analysis every day.