Since the 2017 AFC Championship, the Jacksonville Jaguars have let eight players walk out the door.
Make it nine.
According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, Jaguars defensive end Yannick Ngakoue will be traded to the Minnesota Vikings for a second and a conditional fifth-round pick (that could turn into a third-round pick). Ngakoue was short of sending out campaign videos to getting out of Jacksonville. Before the trade, he was drawing interest from several teams during the offseason and it was inevitable that he would be somewhere else before the season kicks off in two weeks.
It had nothing to do with money either, he was to make 17 million-plus with Jacksonville this year. Instead, he opted to take a pay cut with Minnesota. According to Albert Breer of MMQB, he will sign a one-year deal worth under 13 million (pending physical) later today.
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The 2016 third-round pick out of Maryland is coming off an individually successful year with 36 tackles and eight sacks. Since his rookie year, he has nearly 38 sacks.
It was a blockbuster move for the Vikings defensive line after the reliable Everson Griffen went to Dallas.
In this writer’s opinion, when I wrote the NFC North preview I said that the only spot that was questionable was the defensive line.
Aside from the absence of defensive tackle Linval Joseph. Once again, the Vikings have two proven defensive ends coming off the edge with this acquisition.