By Sally Fahey
The Eagles seem to have no interest in signing edge rusher Jadeveon Clowney unless it’s at a deeply discounted price.
But what about Yannick Ngakoue, who is still steaming that the Jags franchised him and has demanded a trade?
According to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, Ngakoue still desires a trade and does not have any immediate plans to sign the franchise tag. This situation could bleed well into training camp — which will be interesting to watch considering this unprecedented offseason and the shortened preseason.
Ngakoue was selected by the Jaguars in the third round of the 2016 NFL Draft out of Maryland. He quickly evolved into one of the league’s premier pass rushers, and has recorded at least eight sacks in all four of his NFL seasons including a career-best 12 sacks with six forced fumbles during Jacksonville’s run to the AFC Championship game in 2017.
The deadline to sign a new deal to avoid the franchise tag is July 15, but it appears Ngakoue has zero interest in either of those possibilities. He even exchanged jabs with Jaguars co-owner Tony Khan over social media earlier this offseason. General manager Dave Caldwell has said that the Jaguars have not received any offers for the star defensive end, but that the team would welcome him back with open arms when he’s ready to come back and play.