The Jacksonville Jaguars have yet to trade defensive end Yannick Ngakoue after no shortage of rumors circulating about his interest in moving on. If they do look to execute a trade, the Cleveland Browns should look to get into involved.
As things currently stand, Ngakoue is slotted to play on the franchise tag during the 2020 season. The indication has been that Jacksonville prefers to keep him for the 2020 season. A lot can happen between now and kickoff for Week 1 though.
ESPN’s Field Yates suggested a trade between the Jaguars and Browns centered around Ngakoue. Cleveland would send tight end Davik Njoku and a 2021 second-round pick in exchange for the star pass rusher.
Ngakoue is coming off a 2019 campaign that featured totals of 41 combined tackles (13 for loss), 8.0 sacks, and 15 QB hits. While the Jaguars struggled overall as a team, he was one of the few bright spots on their team.
The overall body of work Ngakoue has provided the Jaguars in four seasons has been quite impressive. He has racked up a total of 37.5 sacks and 85 QB hits along with 122 combined tackles (42 for loss) and forcing 14 fumbles.
Let’s take a look at why this hypothetical deal would make sense for both the Browns and the Jaguars.