The Las Vegas Raiders made several big moves this offseason, making trades and signing top-flight free agents. It was a necessity for Las Vegas, who saw their AFC West division rivals upgrade their rosters throughout the offseason. One of those big moves was a trade to send Yannick Ngakoue to the Indianapolis Colts.
The Raiders acquired wide receiver Davante Adams from the Green Bay Packers to upgrade their offense and provide Derek Carr with the bonafide No. 1 target. The team also made a big splash in free agency, signing EDGE Chandler Jones away from the Arizona Cardinals.
To land Jones, the team had to make other moves to free up some money and space on the depth chart. So, they completed a trade with the Indianapolis Colts, acquiring cornerback Rock Ya-Sin in exchange for EDGE Yannick Ngakoue.
Ngakoue signed a two-year deal with the Raiders last offseason to help bolster their pass rush and he did just that. He had 10 sacks with 23 quarterback hits and eight tackles for loss. Despite that solid production, the Raiders felt they needed to make a change and landed Jones in free agency.
It is a move that has seemingly motivated Ngakoue. He recently had some words for his former team and is out for revenge.
“They’ll see how I feel when we play them. We go to their house. They’ll see why they f—-d up. They’ll pay.”
Those are certainly some strong words from Ngakoue, who will have the matchup against the Raiders circled on his calendar. The NFL schedule should be out soon, so we will have an exact date as to when Ngakoue will be trying to sack his former teammate, Derek Carr.
The Yannick Ngakoue storyline adds another layer to what was already shaping up to be a good game. Both teams are playoff hopefuls and the Colts will be looking to exact some revenge on the Raiders.
Last season, a victory in Week 17 by Las Vegas over Indianapolis led to the Colts missing the postseason, as they failed to defeat the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 18 with a playoff spot on the line.