The Jacksonville Jaguars will kick minicamp off without their edge rusher.
Yannick Ngakoue published a statement saying that he will hold out of minicamp following his contract desires haven’t been fulfilled.
“I won’t be attending minicamp because my contract hasn’t been solved. I stay committed to the fans Jacksonville and my teammates. My expectation would be to be with Jacksonville for many years to come,” Ngakoue said in a statement obtained by NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport.
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The information was reported by ESPN.
The former third-rounder that is 24-year-old enters the last year of his rookie contract slated to create a shade. For a pass-rusher of his quality, he is underpaid compared to ability and his production. 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 very best pass rushers that are young . The Jags snagging him at the third round composed for the whiff on Dante Fowler Jr., whom the team traded last season. Now the Jags need to find a way to pay Ngakoue more commensurate to his value.
With contract talks not going his way, Ngakoue will use his only method of refuge: withholding his services. Ngakoue is subject to penalties up to $88,650, per the CBA, by bypassing minicamp.
We shall see whether his decision kicks negotiations or creates an issue that continues into training camp and festers through the summer.
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