By: Hays Carlyon
The Jaguars aren’t granting defensive end Yannick Ngakoue’s wish.
At least, not yet.
The team announced Friday that it has placed the franchise tag on Ngakoue, keeping him off the free-agent market set to open March 18 when the new league year begins.
Ngakoue tweeted out his desire to leave the Jaguars saying he would not be signing a long-term deal with the club. The former third-round pick played the final year of his rookie contract (four years, $3.5 million) last season.
Ngakoue, who turns 25 on March 31, will likely command a salary around $22 million a year of he hits the open market. The franchise tag figure is expected to be roughly $19.3 million.
Jaguars general manager Dave Caldwell could still send Ngakoue on his way by trading him once he’s been tagged. Ngakoue would likely bring in multiple picks in a deal, with the chance of a late first-round selection being part of the agreement.
If Ngakoue does play for the Jaguars on the tag, the team could franchise tag him again next year or let him depart in free agency.
Ngakoue has recorded 38 ½ sacks with 15 forced fumbles (counting playoffs) for the Jaguars.
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