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Yannick Ngakoue: ‘I no longer have interest in signing a long term contract in Jacksonville...’

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Yannick Ngakoue will not be signing a long-term contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars... at least not any time soon.

Ngakoue announced on his Twitter account that he doesn’t want to sign a long-term contract with Jacksonville and that he looks forward to continuing his NFL career elsewhere.

The Jaguars are aware I no longer have interest in signing a long term contract in Jacksonville. Duval, I love you and gave you guys everything I got. I’m thankful for the journey and look forward to continuing my career elsewhere. -91

This comes on the heels of ESPN’s Adam Schefter reporting that the Jaguars will be using the franchise tag on Ngakoue in the coming days.

The Jaguars had been trying to work on a long-term deal for Ngakoue since last offseason, but reports are that quickly went awry with Tom Coughlin heading things up and discussions leaked. Nagkoue skipped some voluntary workouts and held out for a few days, but ultimately played the 2019 season notching another eight sacks and playing through a hamstring injury.

The Jaguars indicated Ngakoue is a priority to re-sign this offseason, as he should be, however it appears the two sides have not yet been able to agree to a long term deal, so the team is going to use the franchise tag, which if signed and played under, will pay Ngakoue $19,316,000 for 2020.

The word on the street is that the two sides are not that far apart in terms, so it’s still possible the tag is rescinded and the two sides agree to a long-term contract.