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The Jacksonville Jaguars and Las Vegas Raiders have talked about a pick-for-player trade centered around Yannick Ngakoue, but those discussions aren’t going to lead anywhere any time soon... not so much because of the draft pick compensation, but because Ngakoue is asking for way too much money from his new team.
That’s according to Mike Florio over at Pro Football Talk, who says all signs point to Ngakoue staying in Jacksonville for now.
Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the biggest impediment to doing a deal isn’t the Jaguars’ trade demands but the player’s contractual demands. The Raiders simply don’t have the cash to pay Ngakoue what he wants, with guaranteed money in 2021 and 2022 being a major part of the problem.
So the situation hasn’t, and won’t, get to the question of resolving a potential impasse between the Jaguars wanting No. 12 and the Raiders offering No. 19. According to the source, the likelihood is that there will be no Ngakoue trade this weekend. Between Ngakoue accepting the tender (a precursor to any trade) to working out a long-term deal to finalizing trade compensation to getting a physical performed, there’s a long way to go and a short time to get there.
Is Ngakoue worth a first round pick? Yes.
Should Jacksonville hold out until they get that in return? Yes.
Did Ngakoue do enough to earn a long-term contract? Yes.
Is he worth what he’s asking. All signs point to no.