Jaguars’ Yannick Ngakoue to skip mandatory minicamp

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The Jacksonville Jaguars will kick minicamp without their best edge rusher.
Yannick Ngakoue released a statement Monday saying that he will hold out of mandatory minicamp after his contract desires have not been met.
“I won’t be attending minicamp because my contract hasn’t been resolved. I stay committed to Jacksonville, the fans and my teammates. My expectation is to be with Jacksonville for years to come,” Ngakoue stated in a statement obtained by NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport.
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ESPN reported the information.
The prior third-rounder that is 24-year-old enters the last year of his rookie contract planned to create only a shade over $2 million. He is woefully underpaid when compared with his creation and talent. Ngakoue’s 29.5 sacks in three seasons are tops among players from his draft class, a team that includes Joey Bosa, DeForest Buckner, and Chris Jones.
Ngakoue is among the best pass rushers that are young in the NFL. The Jags snagging him in the next round made up for the whiff on Dante Fowler Jr., whom the team traded past season. Now the Jags need to find a way to cover Ngakoue commensurate to his worth.
With contract talks Ngakoue will utilize his system of recourse: withholding his services. Ngakoue is subject to fines up to $88,650, per the CBA, by skipping minicamp.
We will see whether his decision kicks negotiations or creates.

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