It's been several months, and there have been no new developments concerning the Yannick Ngakoue and Jacksonville Jaguars saga. The Pro Bowl defensive end would like to follow the likes of Jalen Ramsey, Calais Campbell and A.J. Bouye by ditching Jacksonville for a new NFL home, but the Jaguars seem insistent of keeping him. Even though the team placed the franchise tag on him earlier this offseason, Ngakoue has been clear that he would like to be traded and has no interest in signing a long-term deal with Jacksonville.
On Wednesday, a report surfaced indicating that nothing had changed regarding this situation, and it will be one to watch as we inch closer towards the start of the 2020 season. According to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler, Ngakoue still desires a trade and does not have any immediate plans to sign the franchise tag. This situation could bleed well into training camp -- which will be interesting to watch considering this unprecedented offseason and the shortened preseason.
Ngakoue was originally selected by the Jaguars in the third round of the 2016 NFL Draft out of Maryland. He quickly evolved into one of the league's premier pass rushers, and has recorded at least eight sacks in all four of his NFL seasons including a career-best 12 sacks with six forced fumbles during Jacksonville's run to the AFC Championship game in 2017.
The deadline to sign a new deal to avoid the franchise tag is July 15, but it appears Ngakoue has zero interest in either of those possibilities. He even exchanged jabs with Jaguars co-owner Tony Khan over social media earlier this offseason. General manager Dave Caldwell has said that the Jaguars have not received any offers for the star defensive end, but that the team would welcome him back with open arms when he's ready to come back and play.