Vikings Get Steal in Yannick Ngakoue Trade

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Anthony Miller
I am currently an NFL Contributor for Infinity Sports Network as well as NFL Draft Contributor for NFL Draft Lounge. I also write about the NFL, XFL, and arena football for multiple websites.

The Minnesota Vikings got a great deal from the Jacksonville Jaguars for defensive end Yannick Ngakoue.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that the Jaguars traded Yannick Ngakoue to Minnesota for a second and conditional fifth-round pick.

It has been well documented that Ngakoue has been requesting a trade since March. He was franchise tagged by Jacksonville on March 13 despite not wanting to return to the team. Ngakoue got into a Twitter feud with Jaguars co-owner Tony Kahn telling him to “Just trade me.”

Ngakoue has dominated since joining Jacksonville as their third-round pick in 2016. He’s recorded at least eight sacks in every season including his 12 in 2017. He earned a Pro Bowl selection in 2017 after also adding a league-high six force fumbles. Last season saw Ngakoue record eight sacks, six pass deflections, four force fumbles, and an interception returned for a touchdown.

How Yannick Ngakoue Fit With the Vikings

The Vikings defensive line got much stronger with Yannick Ngakoue joining the line. Danielle Hunter and Ngakoue make for a strong team on the edges. Many think it could be the best defensive line in the league. Both are strong, fast pass rushers who will dominate as a duo together.

Their defensive line was in need of more depth after losing two of their veteran linemen to free agency. Linval Joseph and Everson Griffen have signed with the Chargers and Cowboys since leaving the team. Both guys were stables to the defensive line for many years and Minnesota spent the offseason and training camp finding their replacements.

Did Jacksonville Get Enough in the Trade?

It’s no secret Minnesota got a good deal avoiding trading a first-round pick for a talent like Ngakoue. Jacksonville continued to work on trades for a first-round pick and they couldn’t get that deal done. This has to be a blow for the Jaguars trying to get good value from him.

The tough part with Ngakoue joining the Vikings in Minnesota will be his contract situation. Ngakoue will work with the Vikings on restructuring his $17 million one-year deal. Once they work out that deal, it will be the start of the new-look Vikings defense.

Jacksonville has ripped apart most of the main pieces to their 2017 team that made the AFC title game. They continue with the rebuilding stages that doesn’t seem to get them closer to improving. It will take years before they are back to their winning ways.

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