After an uncertain future in Jacksonville, Yannick Ngakoue now has a new home.
The Minnesota Vikings have acquired Ngakoue from the Jaguars for a 2021 second-round pick and a conditional fifth-round pick in 2022, sources tell NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero.
ESPN first reported the story.
NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport later reported, per an informed source, that both sides agreed to a one-year contract worth a few million less than the franchise tag, which is what it took to get the initial deal in Jacksonville done. Ngakoue was set to make $17.8 million with his former team, but he will now play under a revised $12 million deal, electing to play for less to leave Duval, Pelissero reported Sunday evening. There is also no no-tag clause in the deal, so the Vikings can use the franchise tag on the pass rusher in 2021, Pelissero added. Thus, the best scenario for all involved would be a long-term pact (which cannot happen until after the upcoming season as he was franchised this year).
It’s evident Ngakoue wanted out of Jacksonville in a big way as he took a big pay cut (roughly 30% this season) and didn’t command a no-tag clause. Furthermore, as reported by Pelissero, he was due $17.88 million on the franchise tag tender this season with Jacksonville, which would have come with no personal income tax as is a bonus of playing in Florida. Thus, Ngakoue gave up roughly $6 million to get a fresh start with the Vikings.
Ngakoue posted a statement on Twitter Sunday in regard to the transaction, which indicates his approval. Thus, as Rapoport reported initially, he will begin the process of heading to Minnesota for physical and COVID-19 testing. He’s expected to sign when he goes through the protocols.