The New York Jets approach a free agency period with the second-most cap space in the NFL. Last offseason, the Jets played it relatively safe with short-term low money deals and a load of stopgaps. Mike Garafolo of NFL Network recently went on the Moose & Maggie show on WFAN, where he said adamantly he expects the Jets to be active players in this go-around. The Jets are rumored to be gunning for a massive offensive line upgrade, an addition at receiver, and a boost at the edge. So, how will Gang Green handle free agency? Well, here are my predictions.
Three players the New York Jets should be in on:
CB K’Waun Williams
The Jets will likely let Brian Poole walk this offseason. Instead, they can opt to go after someone who has familiarity with the defense in nickelback K’Waun Williams. Williams has played for Saleh in San Francisco and produced at a very high level. As a consistent piece of the 49ers defense, he put up 73 tackles, 7 TFLs, 3.0 sacks, 5 Forced Fumbles, and 2 INTs over the last two seasons in a span of 23 games. Williams has the obviously Saleh connection, but the New Jersey native could opt to come back to his roots with gang green. Williams would immediately bolster their secondary and provide a sense of stability at the nickelback role heading into next season.
G Joe Thuney
Last offseason, the Jets were ready to back up the brinks truck for Joe Thuney, with the 28-year-old set to hit the open market, it’s reasonable to expect they make a run at him. I firmly expect the Jets to ink Thuney. Thuney is a consistent and productive lineman who also provides versatility. The incredibly intelligent former state champion has had success everywhere he has gone, both on the field and off. He graduated early with prestige from NC State, got selected by the Patriots, and went on to win two rings with the team. Thuney would provide a veteran presence, high caliber play, and stability to a rebuilding unit. Thuney is the player the Jets NEED to come away with this offseason in order to truly commit to the offensive line rebuild.
WR JuJu Smith Schuster
The New York Jets can go two routes with addressing the receiver position. They can target a young WR2 type player and pair him with Denzel Mims and rely on Crowder in the slot. Or, they can swing big and go for a legit WR1. JuJu Smith Schuster can be that WR1. He will command big money and a high level of attention. Last season JuJu received a lot of scrutiny for the way he handled himself and his off-the-field Tik Tok endeavors. Despite all the negative attention, JuJu remained relatively unfazed. I think JuJu can handle himself well in New York on and off the field. Schuster would be a good complementary receiver one, and he could do massive things in the LaFleur offense, so I see the Jets taking a shot on the receiver.
Edge Yannick Ngakoue
This is a move I’ve gone back and forth on heavily. The Jets desperately need to upgrade the edge, and I believe they will try to in free agency. How the Jets upgrade the position will depend on how the market falls. The edge group is deep, and Ngakoue is arguably one of the best of the bunch. The Jets reportedly coveted him last offseason when he was traded, and at 25 years old, he still holds immense value. With 45.5 career sacks, 18 forced fumbles, 49 TFLs, and 96 QB Hits, Ngakoue is an absolute force off the edge. I expect Ngakoue to look for a long-term deal and find a permanent home. I think the Jets with Robert Saleh would be a great fit for the former Pro Bowler. The Jets have not had a legitimate presence off the edge in decades, and by taking a shot at Ngakoue, they can finally establish a presence.
It is no secret that the New York Giants desperately need help at outside linebacker, considering their pass rush was limited at times due to injury. Early on in the season, both Lorenzo Carter and Oshane Ximines, the Giants’ starters at OLB, went down with individual ailments.
Carter tore his Achilles against the Dallas Cowboys, and Ximines suffered a shoulder injury that landed him on IR. Ultimately, both of them missed the remainder of the season, forcing players like Carter Coughlin and veteran Jabaal Sheard to earn more minutes than expected.
Surprisingly, defensive coordinator Patrick Graham managed to curate a pass rush without depth at OLB. Thanks to a strong interior pass rush and well-schemed games, the Giants still managed to produce more than 40 sacks this past season.
However, there is little justification to continue relying on Carter and Ximines as their primary pass rushers, considering their injuries. This free agency could represent a solid opportunity for the Giants to acquire an above-average pass rusher, so let’s take a few available options on the market.
Three free-agent pass rushers the New York Giants should consider:
1.) Yannick Ngakoue
One of the bigger names is Yannick Ngakoue, a 6-foot-2, 246-pound defensive end. He has the ability to play in the dirt and also outside linebacker. Having a pass rusher who can play three-technique, five-technique, and OLB is extremely valuable. Graham loves to use his players in multiple ways, so Ngakoue would be a perfect fit for the Giants, but his price tag likely won’t be. Spotrac has him valued at $12 million for 2020, but after posting 8.0 sacks and 10 QB hits this past year, I expect him to land a multi-year deal worth at least $16 million per season.
With the salary cap expected to drop exponentially and the Giants projected to re-sign Leonard Williams on a big deal, I don’t believe Ngakoue will be within their price range. In addition, he has been inconsistent over the past few seasons but does represent one of the better options on the market at just 25 years old — I love his versatility and diversity when playing in different techniques, but again, the Giants simply don’t have the money available, especially with wide receiver being a significant need.
2.) Leonard Floyd
Another adequate option for the New York Giants is Leonard Floyd, who was previously of interest back in 2016 before the Chicago Bears leapfrogged Big Blue and selected him. After four inconsistent seasons with Chicago, Floyd has catapulted to another level in 2020. The 28-year-old linebacker recorded 10.5 sacks, 55 combined tackles, 19 quarterback hits, and 11 tackles for loss this season. In other words, he has taken his game to another level, and having a good interior defense around him has only benefited his development.
With the Giants expected to retain Leonard Williams and potentially Dalvin Tomlinson, Floyd could fit the bill perfectly as a standup pass rusher. In addition, he can also play a variety of roles, dropping back into shallow coverage and covering the flats, which is something that Patrick Graham likes to do with his OLBs.
However, given Floyd’s breakout season, he could be in line for a big contract. The Giants could offer him a deal worth $14 million per season that might get it done, but he also might be out of their price range.
3.) Jordan Jenkins
The first two options are a bit more pricey, but the Giants could look to Jets’ outside linebacker Jordan Jenkins as a potential supplement. Jenkins is only 26 years old and has good size at 6-foot-3 and 259 pounds. In 2019, he recorded 8.0 sacks and 13 quarterback hits, but his production fell off this past season, recording just 2.0 sacks and six quarterback hits.
Nonetheless, the Jets were extremely disappointing, and with a better team around him and some motivation, Jenkins can be an extremely productive pass rusher. In addition, he could be a very cheap alternative for the Giants, we are likely going to move on from Kyler Fackrell this off-season.
A two-year deal worth $7 million could get it done after he signed a one-year, $3.75 million deal with the Jets this past off-season. I think Jenkins can actually be quite a productive player when given the tools, and Graham is known for extracting the most out of his defenders.
Jacksonville will want something hefty in return for Yannick Ngakoue, but the reward greatly outweighs the risk for the New York Jets.
With football attempting to creep back into our lives, one could get some clicks compiling a list of locker room availability cliches we’ll potentially miss as social distancing carries on into 2020’s latter stages.
The NHL’s Canadian enclosures brought about the return of “pucks deep“, for example. The NFL is making its return in more confined settings, but you’re still hearing the training camp defaults like “he’s in the best shape of his life” or “everyone has to earn their spot on the depth chart”. Once we get to the season, preparation will undoubtedly be marked by declarations of “making the quarterback uncomfortable” on the road to victory.
That cliche, however, is like the jump scare in horror movies: if you pull it off right, it will pay off big dividends.
The truism’s magnum opus is perhaps Super Bowl XLII, as the New York Giants’ relentless pressure on Tom Brady put the undefeated New England Patriots into straight-up panic mode. It takes a lot to throw Aaron Rodgers off his game, but his Green Bay Packers are 5-18 when he’s sacked at least five times.
Its effectiveness could perhaps be a lesson for the New York Jets. The days of the “New York Sack Exchange” being mere MetLife Stadium tailgate memories, the Jets have had major problems invading opposing backfields. Since 2016, the Jets have earned 129 sacks, bettering only three other teams in the rest of the NFL. AFC overlords new (Kansas City) and old (New England) are in the middle of the pack at 14th and 15th. The perennial contenders from Pittsburgh top the list with 200. They haven’t had a losing record since 2003, and the 696 sacks they’ve tallied during that streak might have something to with it.
The Jets’ defense is going into a year of uncertainty brought upon transition. Jamal Adams, the face of the franchise, forced his way to the Pacific Northwest and C.J. Mosley chose (understandably) to opt-out of the 2020 proceedings. Making the playoffs is going to be a tall task, even with the expanded capital, but this is going to be a year where plenty of free agents-to-be and one-year additions and re-ups that will get to audition for the good times ahead.
All that’s missing is Yannick Ngakoue. The disgruntled defender is currently at odds with the Jacksonville Jaguars and has been on his own quest for a transfer. He is 12th in the NFL in sacks (37.5) over the last four seasons and has been regarded for his backfield pressure. Depending on who you ask, the Jets may be closing on a deal to paint the 2017 Pro Bowler’s equipment green and bring him aboard for 2020.
Ordinarily, adding Ngakoue’s name, talent, and salary (the 2021 free agent is set to make over $17 million next season) is the type of move a team makes when they’re the proverbial “one move away” from a Super Bowl, and the Jets are much more than one move away from a return trip over five decades in the making. But his New York arrival would be beneficial on all sides.
A New Face
The Jaguars’ shocking, most recent run to the AFC Championship Game feels like an eternity ago, but we’re somehow only two years removed from that endeavor that nearly (and, according to some, should’ve) ended in the Super Bowl. Even if that game’s officiating can be questioned, it’s still one of the more puzzling mysteries in recent NFL history that a defense that featured the services Ngakoue, Calais Campbell, Marcell Dareus, Malik Jackson, Myles Jack, Telvin Smith, and Jalen Ramsey, among others, never went back to the postseason. Most of that group has bolted from Jacksonville, with Jack and Ngakoue being the lone leftovers.
A turn to the Jets could give Ngakoue a chance to truly flash his potential, a chance to be the defensive face of one of the NFL’s most important markets. The Jets are a team that is in desperate need of a big-name defender with Mosley out for 2020 and Adams napalming any bridges he had left with the organization. There are plenty of young names that can potentially move forward…it’s a big year for Marcus Maye and Quinnen Williams for example…but this could be a great opportunity for both Ngakoue and the Jets to hit the reset button on their respective timelines. Ngakoue, as someone who’s had his fair share of proven success on the NFL level, can have control and leadership of a defense, while the Jets can work out with a potential new defensive face. Plenty of New Yorkers are in make or break situations, but, as a team, the Jets are in a relatively consequence-free year. This opens things up to spend a good portion of the remaining summer budget on a Ngakoue audition.
As mentioned above, we can laugh all we want about teams preaching about the importance of making a quarterback uncomfortable, but the fact remains that it works. Silencing the antics of a mobile threat makes it all the more crucial. The Jets might have to face three in their division alone.
Recent NFL Top 100 Players nominee Josh Allen is part of the reason why many have the Buffalo Bills pegged as the team best in position to usurp the Patriots’ seemingly eternal hold on the AFC East throne. New England is attempting to counter by bringing in former MVP Cam Newton, while the Miami Dolphins enter a new era with Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa. Both have well regarded for their ability to change the game with not only their arms but their legs as well.
Thus, a strong pass rush is more important than ever. Allen, for example, has earned a 5-2 record when he tallies at least 50 rushing yards, but those numbers drop to 6-8 when he’s held under 30 or less. Save for the combined 14.5 sacks Adams and team leader Jordan Jenkins tallied, no Jets defender had more than three quarterback takedowns. It’s time to change that, and Ngakoue can be a great way to change that narrative.
Open the Vault
Training camp is open, but the Jets’ roster is anything but complete. Pass rush is one of several areas the team can improve on as Week 1 looms. The team is experimenting with help in the receiver room, as Field Yates reported that they welcomed in former top ten pick Kevin White for a workout.
According to the Over the Cap, the Jets have just over $30 million in cap space to spend. It’s not under the greatest circumstances (Mosley’s opt-out contributed $10 million to that tally), but that’s a decent amount to have at your disposal at this point in the offseason. Hence, the Jets have a rare opportunity to splurge if/when a trade presents itself through some excess space and, perhaps more importantly draft capital.
Jacksonville is reportedly seeking at least a second-round pick in potential Ngakoue negotiations. General manager Joe Douglas somehow collaborated Seattle in an “everybody wins”-type deal, getting back two first-round picks for a player that did everything short of tie the Jets’ Lombardi Trophy from Super Bowl III to the back of his car and drag it around the parking lot at One Jets Drive. Parting with them is likely out of the question…especially if Ngakoue’s potential for being merely a 2020 rental…but with armed with two first-rounders in each of the next two years, the Jets certainly have some flexibility with their seconds.
The Jets are, again, equipped with little to lose as a team unit next season, so they’d be wise to take advantage. Trading for Ngakoue would be a great start to taking advantage of that role.
It is no rumor that Jacksonville Jaguars’ star pass rusher Yannick Ngakoue has been seeking a trade since the spring. However, management has not granted his wish. Recent days, though, have suggested that they are open to trading him, but for the right price. The New York Giants are a team that could enter the sweepstakes but are still in the middle of a rebuild that would suggest otherwise.
Currently, on the roster, the Giants have Markus Golden, Kyler Fackrell, Oshane Ximines, and Lorenzo Carter. Fackrell and Golden are both on one-year deals, so trading for Ngakoue would allow them to extend his deal and build around him as their primary pass rusher. Ultimately, it would bury players like Ximines and Carter on the roster for the time being but will bring the Giants one step closer to their ultimate goal, competitiveness.
Last season with the Jags, Yannick played in 15 games, posting 41 combined tackles, 8.0 sacks, 13 tackles for loss, and 15 quarterback hits. He’s only missed one game in his entire career, suggesting he has a reliable player that can be counted on weekend and week out.
It is no surprise it plenty of teams are rumored to be active in his acquisition. Reports have stated that the Jaguars are looking for a second-round pick for his services, and the Giants giving up that type of draft capital is not advisable at this time. However, if they were willing to take a third and fifth-round pick for Ngakoue, that might be something worth considering.
The New York Giants have the money:
With the Giants holding on to about $10 million in cap space with Nate Solder opting out, it could be easier than expected to fit him into the salary cap.
The primary reason I wouldn’t enter the sweepstakes is that the Giants are still trying to bring the best out of their young pass rushers. Giving more reps to Ximines and Carter is essential. Burying them on the roster only hurts their ability to shine and reach their potential. Nonetheless, gaining a player of Ngakoue’s magnitude would benefit the team long-term and give them a consistent option at outside linebacker moving forward.
Well, this is something. The New York Jets are reportedly “deeply involved” in talks with the Jaguars for the services of Yannick Ngakoue per Michael Lombardi. The former exec previously reported he foresees a deal occurring for Ngakoue very soon. Ngakoue has been a rumored trade candidate all offseason, and could finally be heading to a new location. Ngakoue heading to New York would change the organizational landscape.
What It Would Mean
Adding Yannick would absolutely reshape the defense. For starters, the Jets would have their first true pass rusher in years. At just 25, Yannick has barely scratched the surface of what he could be. In just four seasons, Yannick has 122 tackles, 37.5 Sacks, 14 Forced Fumbles, 42 TFLs, and 2 INTs. Yannick is an absolute freak who would be an impact player immediately.
Not only that but adding a pass rusher like Yannick changes the way opposing offenses game plan for this defense. This then allows guys like Jordan Jenkins, who’s always been better suited as a number two pass rusher, to truly flourish. You’d also see a guy like Quinnen Williams, who’s already showing an impressive level of growth in training camp, take a huge step up with less attention on him. The whole defense would benefit from a pass rush. The weak secondary would be able to be masked all the more. Most of all, Yannick would bring the star-like presence that the Jets lost just a few weeks ago in the Adams trade.
Will It Happen?
It remains to be seen if Douglas will pull off such a deal. The move seems out of character for him on the surface. However, Douglas is the kind of negotiator capable of magic, as seen in the Adams deal. The rumored compensation is a 2nd rounder. If the Jets can walk out of this deal without parting with a first and get Ngakoue, then Douglas deserves a statue. Not only that but then they can keep those firsts for a draft that will likely be very interesting without college football in the fall. The move would be great, so hopefully, it’s not just a report with no true grounds.
Today, the New York Daily News dropped a rare exclusive with a player on the outs with the New York Jets’ organization. The entire premise of landing an interview with a player who holds any level of animosity towards his respective team is few and far between.
Despite that, Manish Mehta detailed his sit down with Jamal Adams in his latest article. Manish did an eloquent job on the piece, yet, the answers given by Adams did not live up to that same precedent. For that very reason, Jamal Adams will be a New York Jet at the start of the 2020 season.
Why Adams Will Stay In New York
Judging by the answers, it’s evident (as if it wasn’t already) Jamal wants out. Most players resort to public outcry after outcry in order to tarnish the organization and become a distraction in order to get off the team. Jamal is in desperation mode. Unlike when the Jaguars ownership broke down and resorted to public rebuttal of Yannick Ngakoue, or when the Steelers organization and their players began to turn against Lev Bell, the Jets have not budged.
Jamal and his camp are nervous, so this exclusive is an evident last-ditch effort to force a reaction or a trade out of the Jets. Yet, they are still yet to budge. Jamal’s dismay did nothing to get them to talk. So now, Jamal is taking shots at the basic organizational integrity. Within the piece, he takes shots at Adam Gase. He calls him the wrong leader for the organization, takes aim at his reluctance to face the team or make adjustments (which is apparent). He also fires off against Joe Douglas for giving off mixed signals.
So, with all that said, why is Jamal going to remain a Jet? The Jets control his rights. As much as Jamal wants out and is trying everything and anything to get off the team, ultimately, it’s the Jets decision. Joe Douglas doesn’t want him gone. He made it clear to the team that the initial goal was to put pieces around Jamal and resign him next year. Then, the plans got altered by financial shifts and the COVID-19 pandemic. From Jamal’s perspective, plans should not have changed, and since his demands have not been met yet, in terms of more “dawgs” or a new deal.
The disconnect is, no doubt, massive. Despite that, Jamal is making a concession. He WILL attend training camp. Why this is important is because it’s evident that he is doing this because he is nearing his end of moves. Jamal wants out, and he will do whatever it takes to get out, even temporarily, please the organization. Ultimately, Jamal is tied to the Jets for the long haul with his rookie deal, then potential franchise tags. No matter what Jamal wants people to believe, he can’t get out of his deal. Jamal can kick and scream, but Joe Douglas will be the one who either seals his fate and buys him a ticket out of New York or makes him a “Jet for Life.” I don’t see either happening, and the only middle road is the “Prez” continuing his term during an election year.
The New York Giants have been connected to the Jaguars in a potential trade involving Yannick Ngakoue.
The rumor-mill is undoubtedly flowing with two weeks until the 2020 NFL Draft, and the New York Giants are in a position of leverage as quarterback-needy teams contemplate moving up in the draft to secure their player of choice. The Jags could be interested in moving up to the 4th overall pick to select a quarterback, considering they traded Nick Foles to the Chicago Bears this offseason.
With Gardner Minshew the Jags’ only passer, there’s a high probability they could be in the market for a first-round talent to compete with the outspoken 2019 draft pick. That’s where the connection with the Giants at No. 4 stems from. However, the Jags also need a left tackle, which represents an opportunity for GM Dave Gettleman to package Nate Solder into the deal.
Solder’s contract isn’t too bad, as the Giants soaked up most of the dead-cap over the last two seasons (about $60 million in dead cap). The next two years represent a fraction of that total ($16 million in 2020 and $6.5 million in 2021). Solder does count $19.5 million and $20.5 million against the cap over the next two seasons.
In this scenario, the Giants would gain the 9th overall pick and a star pass rusher in Yannick Ngakoue.
With the 9th overall selection, the Giants would be open to grabbing a top three tackle prospect to solidify the left tackle spot and adding another second-round pick (No. 42 swapped for No. 99 in trade) to allocate toward a position of need. Ultimately, the Giants have more holes than top draft picks, which is why this theoretical scenario is appealing.
However, the counter-argument would be — why would the Jags want Solder?
Realistically, they’re rebuilding too, and they are missing a left tackle. While Solder isn’t the best LT in the league, he’s serviceable and has proven in the past he can play at a decent level. In his first year with Big Blue, he didn’t allow a single sack in the second half the year. If you factor in the problematic situation with his child and the exhaustion stemming from that, you can come to the conclusion that Solder might have just been a father in distress.
Imagine if your child had cancer and needed treatment, your attention at work might dwindle. It’s also likely that Gettleman retains Solder and allows him to cover Daniel Jones’s blind-side. Solder staying cemented at left tackle is tricky, though, as drafting a lineman becomes less attractive. However, teams often plug-in tackles on the right side and then move them over to left — it’s not an unprecedented move in the NFL.
With reports indicating that the Giants are intrigued by Tristan Wirfs from Iowa, it’s possible they draft him and plug him in on the right side for 2020.
The New York Giants have multiple gaps to fill this season and only one first round draft pick – it’s easy, therefore, to get into debates about what position would help the team the most. The line is the most pressing need on offense, after the Giants drafted Daniel Jones last year but had a hard time with keeping quality players in front of him to protect him. On the other hand, the defense still needs a real pass rush.
Many believe that the Giants need to pick between these two needs and that if they spend their first round pick on an offensive lineman, they won’t be able to improve the defense or vice versa. And this take seems reasonable enough. There’s only so many marquee players to choose from, and a lot of them will be gone in the top fifteen picks. However, there is a scenario where the Giants can get another piece to help their team and still acquire a player in the top ten with their draft pick.
That’s the scenario laid out in the most recent CBS Mock Draft, which has the Giants trading their pick to the quarterback needy Jaguars for pass rusher Yannick Ngakoue and moving down to the ninth spot to select Mekhi Becton, an offensive tackle that has been mocked to the Giants since the end of the season.
Yannick Ngakoue to the New York Giants on draft day?
In four years in the league, Ngakoue has never had less than 8 sacks and is one of the more consistent pass rushers available right now, either in the draft or in a trade. He’s been mentioned as a name connected to the Giants for a while now, but a deal would likely wait until draft night.
Becton, on the other hand, is one of the top three offensive line prospects in the draft and would potentially provide the immediate step up in protection for Daniel Jones that the Giants are looking for.
Is this a good deal for the Giants? It looks like one, as it addresses a couple of needs in one draft. However, it remains to be seen if Jacksonville would accept such a deal. The Giants, after all, look like the winners if this prediction really did happen.
The NFL’s 2020 free agency period will begin this month. The New York Giants are set to have over $80 million to spend if they choose to. There is plenty of elite talent weeks away from hitting the open market that would fill positions of need for New York’s team.
There is another name to add to the Giants’ list of potential edge rusher targets in 2020: Kyle Van Noy.
The Giants’ Interest
According to Ralph Vacchiano of SNY, the Giants have an interest in signing New England’s free-agent pass-rusher Kyle Van Noy. This would likely only hold true if New York was unable to strike a deal with Jadeveon Clowney. But Van Noy would be an excellent value signing for the Giants.
Vacchiano estimates that Van Noy’s contract could “land in the $12 million per year range,” which is about half of what it would cost to sign Jadeveon Clowney.
In New England’s 2019 defense, Kyle Van Noy was moved to edge rusher. In this role, Van Noy totaled 60 pressures, 6.5 sacks, and a pressure rate of 13.8%, which ranked 26th best at his position (Pro Football Focus).
Though he is a great pass-rusher, Kyle Van Noy is an elite run defender. He earned an 85.4 run-defense grade on Pro Football Focus, an elite grade that ranked top-five at his position. He also totaled 56 combined tackles and 7 tackles for loss in 2019 as an edge rusher. As an off-ball linebacker in 2018, Kyle Van Noy racked up 92 combined tackles.
For only $12 million per year, Kyle Van Noy would be an excellent signing compared to the rest of the players on the market and their respective price tags.
Van Noy’s Possible Interest
Kyle Van Noy has spent his last three and a half seasons playing for the New England Patriots. The seven-year NFL veteran had a good relationship with Joe Judge, the Giants’ new head coach. Judge was with New England since 2012.
When Van Noy learned of Judge’s promotion as New York’s new head coach, he was excited for his former special teams coordinator. While appearing on “The Pat McAfee Show” this offseason, Kyle described Joe Judge as a “ball of energy” and a “really, really good coach” that loves football. At the end of his discussion about Joe Judge, Kyle Van Noy exclaimed: “Go, Giants!”
Of course, Van Noy is probably just showing support for his former coach. But, being that he is an impending free agent, Kyle Van Noy could have been hinting at a desire to reunite with Joe Judge in New York. If that is what Van Noy wants, the Giants should be on board and should pursue him in free agency.
The NFL offseason is in full effect and free agency begins in under two weeks. Teams have already begun making trades and tagging key players. One of the top free-agent edge rushers was tagged this week- Yannick Ngakoue.
Ngakoue tweeted this week, stating “I no longer have interest in signing a long term contract in Jacksonville.” This came shortly after news had broke that Jacksonville will be placing their franchise tag on the stud pass-rusher.
Prior to receiving the franchise tag, Yannick Ngakoue and the New York Giants had “mutual interest,” according to a report by Matt Lombardo of nj.com. Acquiring Ngakoue will be an arduous task now that he has been tagged. But if the Giants want to, they could try to trade for Yannick Ngakoue.
What Would The Price Be?
The trade price for Yannick Ngakoue is likely to be comparable to the Frank Clark deal from last offseason. In that trade, the Chiefs traded a 2019 first and third-round pick to the Seahawks for Frank Clark, a 2019 third-round pick, and a 2020 second-round pick.
If the Giants want to trade for Ngakoue, they will have to pay a similar price. According to Jordan Raanan of ESPN, one NFL executive put the price for Jaguars EDGE Yannick Ngakoue at a first-round pick or two second-round picks. There is no way the Giants will give up the fourth overall pick. It is also highly unlikely the Giants would be willing to give up a second-round pick either.
This high price tag basically takes the Giants out of the race for Yannick Ngakoue unless they can get really creative with a trade offer. This is disappointing, especially when considering the fact that Ngakoue “wants to be a Giant,” according to Jodan Raanan.
Is Ngakoue Worth The Price?
On top of whatever a team will give up trading for Ngakoue, they will have to pay him. The pass-rusher has an estimated market value of $17.1 million, according to Spotrac. With all this taken into consideration, is Yannick Ngakoue worth the price?
Yannick Ngakoue is one of the most talented, young pass-rushers in the NFL. Through 4 seasons, Ngakoue has totaled 37.5 sacks. He has not had a single season in his career with less than 8 sacks, hitting that number in all 4 seasons including a career-high 12 sacks in 2017. Additionally, Ngakoue has totaled 122 combined tackles over 4 years.
Ngakoue might not be a game-breaking pass-rusher like Von Miller or Khalil Mack, but he is a highly productive player regardless. He would be a major upgrade for the Giants if they were to somehow acquire him. However, it is hard to envision this team with holes all over the roster and limited draft capital making a deal with Jacksonville.