The Jaguars and defensive end Yannick Ngakoue have yet again hit a standstill as the franchise defensive end took to twitter to express his displeasure yet again, this time towards Jaguars owner Tony Khan.
Ngakoue was franchise tagged by the Jaguars earlier this offseason, and have yet to re-sign him long-term. The defensive end has no intentions of staying with the Jaguars long-term, he’s stated in the past, it it appears as though he has no intentions in signing the franchise tag either, potentially costing himself a year of paychecks.
The Jaguars and Ngakoue have until July 15th to reach a long-term deal but the chances of that happening are slim, to say the least.
After today’s comments, it would appear to be even more slim as Ngakoue told the owner he and ownership had the conversation prior to the season ending, telling Khan, “We been had a discussion that the chargers game was my last game. Yet you try to back door the situation without answering any of my camps calls.”
Khan has replied to Ngakoue, only to thank him for his contributions to the team over the past four years, to which Ngakoue would reply with a simple, “Just trade me. I don’t need the speech,” adding “tweeting insults at me won’t get you traded any faster. Only good trade compensation will do that.”
Just trade me . I don’t need the speech— Yannick Ngakoue (@YannickNgakoue) April 20, 2020
The Jaguars and teams around the league have yet to work out a trade. A report from NFL Network’s and Tom Pelissero stated the team has had “no offers” as of yet, with Michael Garafolo adding that teams have called the Jaguars, but “realized quickly” the price would be too high.
The Jaguars will not be giving Ngakoue away anytime soon, and it is possible the team will not work out a deal prior to Thursday’s draft, which could have sparked the irate reaction from Ngakoue today.
This news comes just one day after ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported the Jaguars have been shopping running back Leonard Fournette, a sign that the team is attempting to completely rid themselves of any players they deem not worth the hassle, according to Garafolo.
This is yet another long, and drama-filled process for the Jaguars and it’s players, something Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone has stated before he does not want to infect the locker room for a second-straight year in 2020.
It will only be a matter of time before Ngakoue is shipped off, and while Fournette has yet to state anything publicly regarding his potential divorce from the team do not be surprised to see his name mentioned once or twice as the draft gets rolling on Thursday.