FILE - In this Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, file photo, Indianapolis Colts tackle Anthony Castonzo (74) looks to block Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Yannick Ngakoue (91) during the first half of an NFL football game in Jacksonville, Fla. The Indianapolis Colts spent their offseason cramming for Sunday’s test. They understood that to ascend in the AFC South, they needed a bigger, stronger offensive line, better coaching and different study habits. “We don’t need any incentive. It’s the NFL, we go out there, it’s our job to protect the quarterback,” longtime left tackle Anthony Castonzo said. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File)

Ngakoue’s Feud With Jags Goes Public

In his feud with Jaguars executive and All Elite Wrestling CEO Tony Khan, Jaguars defensive end Yannick Ngakoue might as well be heard echoing the words of the late WWE legend Owen Hart.

“Enough is enough, and it’s time for a change.”

While he hasn’t said that directly, Ngakoue came pretty close by saying, “Tired of the back and forth @Jaguars. Let’s get this s*** done.”

The quote comes from a tweet directed toward the team’s senior vice president of football administration and technology, Tony Khan.

The 2017 Pro Bowler’s Twitter rant began with a proclamation to free him from Jacksonville, but subsequent tweets sparked a reaction from his intended target.

Origins of the Feud

According to Michael DiRocco, who covers the Jaguars for ESPN, the feud between Ngakoue and the Jaguars began in July. Importantly, that’s when Tom Coughlin, former executive VP of football operations, broke off negotiations with the Ngakoue camp.

This came after Ngakoue reportedly turned down an offer that would have paid him $19 million per year. After amassing 29.5 sacks, 81 total tackles and 10 forced fumbles in his first three seasons, Ngakoue bet on himself and played the 2019 season for $2.025 million.

In 2019, the Maryland product registered a career-high in total tackles with 41 in 15 games. Additionally, he recorded eight sacks, four forced fumbles and an interception returned for a touchdown.

After another productive season, the Jaguars elected to apply their non-exclusive franchise tag on the defensive end on March 13. The tender would net Ngakoue about $17.8 million in 2020, which is the average salary of the top five highest-paid defensive ends over the past five years.

After his former teammates Calais Campbell and Nick Foles were dealt this offseason, and while Leonard Fournette trade talks continue, Ngakoue has yet to sign the tender and hopes to be the next Jaguar traded.

Ngakoue’s Trade Outlook

According to DiRocco, Ngakoue may not be going anywhere any time soon.

It’s not a secret that he wants to leave Jacksonville. It’s also not a secret that the Jaguars remain firm on their asking price – a first-round pick. Consequently, those two factors combine to scare many teams away and DirRocco states that there has yet to be a single offer for the defensive end.

Adam Schefter speculates that the wariness from the other 31 teams stems from the uncertainty surrounding the 2020 NFL season.

Schefter states that teams may not be willing to compensate Ngakoue after giving up assets to obtain him without guaranteed revenue from the 2020 season.

A lot of uncertainty remains around the NFL’s prospects of playing a full season. Despite that, Michael DiRocco is certain about one thing. The feud between Yannick Ngakoue and the Jaguars will continue to heat up.

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