Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Yannick Ngakoue is likely going to be the subject of trade rumors linking him to each and every team in the NFL.
Today, it’s the Buffalo Bills.
Matt Parrino of Syracuse.com thinks the Bills could be in the market for an Ngakoue trade, not so much because they are going to be incredibly active during the free agency period but because they’re losing at least one of their defensive ends this month, maybe even both of them.
The Bills are likely going to lose one or both Jordan Phillips and Shaq Lawson from a defensive line that was good, not great, in 2019. Phillips and Lawson combined for 16 sacks and are probably going to get the kind of money that the Bills just can’t match.
Ngakoue, who Bills fans have been clamoring for months, is likely going to get franchise tagged by the Jaguars before the start of free agency, precluding him from testing his value on the open market. The Jaguars want to lock him up longterm but Ngakoue has been adamant on social media that he wants out. He wants a new deal that’ll likely make him one of the highest paid edge rushers in the NFL. If Jacksonville tags him then they have the options to extend him after the fact or trade him.
And when put to a vote, Parrino found overwhelming support for Ngakoue to be the free agent of choice if Buffalo went all in on only one player.
I don’t think Buffalo is going to get it done, but I do think Jacksonville will have plenty of offers for Ngakoue on the open market — and those offers are going to likely drive his price up to the point where the front office sees it as an offer too good to refuse.