Aug. 30 (UPI) — The Jacksonville Jaguars agreed to trade Pro Bowl defensive finish Yannick Ngakoue to the Minnesota Vikings.
League sources instructed ESPN and NFL Media on Sunday that Minnesota is buying Ngakoue from the Jaguars in trade for a 2021 second-round draft choose and a conditional fifth-round choice within the 2022 draft that might grow to be as excessive as a third-round selection.
Ngakoue nonetheless should signal his franchise tender, however the trade is in place and he’s anticipated to be a part of the Vikings. Later Sunday, NFL Media reported that the star pass-rusher and the Vikings agreed to a one-year contract value about $12 million.
Ngakoue confirmed the trade with a publish on social media Sunday.
“It is evident that my time in Jacksonville is up,” Ngakoue wrote on Twitter. “However I would like to say thanks to the group for making it a house for myself for four years, and that I am going to always remember. That chapter is over with now. Nothing lasts eternally. However I am really excited to begin this new chapter! SKOL!”
In accordance to ESPN, the conditional fifth-round choose turns into a fourth-rounder if Ngakoue is chosen to the Pro Bowl this season. It upgrades to a third-round selection if he’s a Pro Bowler and the Vikings win the Tremendous Bowl.
After the lack of four-time Pro Bowl defensive finish Everson Griffen, who signed a one-year contract with the Dallas Cowboys earlier this month, Ngakoue is projected to begin reverse Danielle Hunter.
The Jaguars chosen Ngakoue within the third spherical of the 2016 NFL Draft out of Maryland. Since getting into the league, he has recorded 121 complete tackles, 37.5 sacks, 14 pressured fumbles, three fumble recoveries, two interceptions, 9 passes defensed and one defensive landing.
The 25-year-old Ngakoue notched 41 complete tackles, eight sacks, 4 pressured fumbles, one fumble restoration and a choose in 15 video games final season. He ranks second in Jaguars historical past with 37.5 sacks after solely 4 seasons in Jacksonville.