Earlier this summer, defensive end Yannick Ngakoue skipped minicamp in an effort to push for a new contract. Jaguars football czar Tom Coughlin might not be wild about the tactic, but Ngakoue’s stand could very well pay off.
Ngakoue is entering the final year of his rookie contract, and there’s no denying that he is criminally underpaid given his performance. For now, he’s slated to earn just $2.025M in 2019 after racking up 29.5 sacks across three seasons.
In essence, both sides want the same thing. Ngakoue wants financial security and the Jaguars would, presumably, love to lock down the 24-year-old for years to come. However, the continued explosion of the edge-rushing market makes this an extremely costly proposition for Jacksonville.
This offseason, Frank Clark inked a five-year, $105M deal with the Chiefs after coming over from the Seahawks. And, just prior to that, Demarcus Lawrence signed a similar deal to stay with the Cowboys. Clark is 26, Lawrence is 27 and Ngakoue just turned 24 in March.