The Jacksonville Jaguars were able to keep their premier pass rusher, Yannick Ngakoue, by franchise tagging him just as this year's NFL free agency period began. With at least 8.0 sacks in each of his first four seasons in the league (career-high 12 in 2017), Ngakoue has become one of the most consistent edge rushers in the game. Now he wants out of Jacksonville.
This is not uncommon in Jacksonville, as we have seen players like Jalen Ramsey demand trades from the city as well. The Jags' ownership is not known for spending either, nor winning for that matter, which is a poor formula for attracting superstars.
Yannick Ngakoue Redskins Trade
Based on Ngakoue's recent behavior seeming to hint at a desire to leave the Jags, some recent reports have turned into 'when' he will be traded, not 'if,' and the Washington Redskins are the suitor that makes perfect sense for all parties.
For starters, the Redskins have the third-highest available cap space right now after the initial rounds of free agency, so they could give Ngakoue the payday he is hoping for. This would also allow Washington to get more creative with their first-round draft pick.
Instead of drafting a rookie edge rusher Chase Young at second overall, the Redskins could trade down now for a haul of draft picks, and a team in the market for a young quarterback like the Los Angeles Chargers might be happy to oblige. From there, the Redskins would send a large portion of that haul to acquire Ngakoue, as a proven asset on the edge.
The Redskins may not even need to sacrifice their 2020 first-round pick in this potential scenario, as they could possibly swap their new Chargers' first with the Jaguars at the No. 9 pick, which would still allow them get the ferocious pass rusher they desire. That could be a big win-win for Washington, who need as many picks and new faces as possible under the Ron Rivera overhaul.
The Redskins really could shake up the entire draft with a two-deal move like this. Being that they do not currently have a second-round pick this year, they would have to trade down for any chance at Ngakoue (unless they swapped their No. 2 overall pick for the Jaguars' No. 9 pick directly as part of another deal, which would makes less sense).
Does Ron Rivera have any tricks up his sleeve in the coming month? If so, will he reach out to the Jaguars and try to talk out a possible deal? Whatever happens, it should be exciting to watch as the NFL free agency and draft period continue to unfold.
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