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Jaguars reportedly trade disgruntled defensive end Yannick Ngakoue to Vikings

Yannick Ngakoue, unhappy in Jacksonville, will play for the Minnesota Vikings this season. (Stephen B. Morton/AP)

The Jacksonville Jaguars continued to restructure their roster Sunday, reportedly agreeing to trade disgruntled defensive end Yannick Ngakoue to the Minnesota Vikings.

Ngakoue was swapped for a 2021 second-round draft pick and a conditional 2022 fifth-round pick (that could go as high as the third round), ESPN reported. The move helps set up the Jaguars for a strong draft next spring and rids them of a player who has been unhappy since last summer, when Tom Coughlin, then the team’s executive vice president of football operations, ended negotiations with Ngakoue’s representatives. After a brief holdout, the D.C. native and University of Maryland product played in 2019 for $2.025 million, bargain-basement compensation given his 29.5 sacks over his first three seasons in the NFL.

In April, he promised in a tweet “to my new future team whomever it may be. I can’t wait to bring great discipline, integrity, and work ethic to that new city. Wherever I may land [you’re] going to get the hardest working defensive end in the league!”

With Ngakoue and Danielle Hunter, the Vikings will have two Pro Bowl players under 26 and two top pass rushers, even with Everson Griffen departing for Dallas.

Jacksonville now has eight picks in the first five rounds of the 2021 draft — two first-round picks, a second, a third, two fourths and two fifths — with the possibility that one fifth-round pick will be sweetened. According to ESPN, the fifth-round pick in the trade would become a fourth-rounder if he makes the Pro Bowl and a third-rounder if he is a Pro Bowl player and the Vikings win the Super Bowl.

Because Ngakoue did not sign his franchise tender before the July 15 deadline, he must play this season under the $17.8 million tag before he can sign a long-term deal. He and the Vikings agreed to a one-year contract worth a few million less than the tag, the NFL Network reported, with the Vikings having about $12.9 million in cap space.

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