Former Maryland defensive end Yannick Ngakoue finally got his move out of Jacksonville on Sunday. Per Adam Schefter, the Minnesota Vikings traded a couple of draft picks for the services of the talented pass rusher.
The trade includes a 2021 second and a conditional draft pick that could rise as high as a third-round pick if Ngakoue makes the Pro Bowl and the Vikings win the Super Bowl, according to Schefter. The former Maryland product leaves the Jaguars after publicly announcing he wouldn't sign a long-term deal this past March.
Though Ngakoue still has to sign the franchise tag with Jacksonville before making the deal official, sources told Schefter that the former Maryland standout is willing to restructure his one-year deal reportedly worth $17.8 million with the Vikings.
Ngakoue leaves the Jaguars as the franchise's second all-time leading sack leader with 37.5 through just four seasons.
The Friendship Collegiate Academy (D.C.) product joins forces with an increasingly impressive defense for Minnesota, a team headed by former Washington Football Team quarterback Kirk Cousins.
Cousins led the Vikings to the NFC Divisional Round in 2019 in another overtime thriller victory in the Wild Card game against the Saints before getting bounced by the 49ers. Now, with added defensive acumen, Cousins and Co. will have added pressure in what promises to be an unorthodox 2020 NFL season.
Offensive line coaches will have to gameplan extra hard with the likes of Ngakoue and Danielle Hunter on the scene, as Hunter finished the last two seasons with 14.5 sacks and has accumulated 54.5 in his five-year career. Combine that with all-around linebackers like Eric Hendricks and Anthony Barr before Harrison Smith and Anthony Harris and safety and this defense is loaded.
With another defensive playmaker, Cousins will be tasked with making more plays of his own to ensure he's the right man for the job in Minnesota.