Vikings acquire Yannick Ngakoue in trade with Jaguars


    The Minnesota Vikings have acquired Ngakoue from the Jaguars for a 2021 second-round pick and a conditional fifth-round pick in 2022, sources tell NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero.

    Ngakoue’s dissatisfaction in Jacksonville has been widely publicized since being the only player not to sign his franchise tag tender this offseason. With the deadline to reach a long-term deal having passed — which is what Ngakoue has been after amid a holdout — the Vikings will now finalize a restructured one-year tender to complete the trade, sources tell Pelissero.

    Along with the 2021 second-round pick, Pelissero reports that the conditional fifth-rounder in 2022 can become a fourth-round pick should Ngakoue be a first-ballot Pro Bowl selection, or a third-round pick if Ngakoue is a first-ballot Pro Bowler and the Vikings win the Super Bowl.

    Ngakoue has started all but one game in his four-year career and has earned a reputation as one of the league’s premier pass rushers. The 25-year-old had 37.5 sacks, 14 forced fumbles, and two interceptions in 63 games during his time in Jacksonville.

    Ngakoue will be a welcomed addition to a Minnesota defense that will line him up opposite Danielle Hunter, giving Minny a stellar pair of young pass rushers. Hunter, 25, recently became the quickest to 50 sacks in NFL history this past season. Although Hunter hasn’t practiced in two weeks for precautionary reasons, Pelissero added that he isn’t expected to miss extended time.

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