Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Yannick Ngakoue, who hadn’t reported to the team’s training camp because of a contract dispute, ended his holdout on Sunday. Yannick reported to the team’s training camp facility. His teammates were not surprised.
Yannick Ngakoue, who had been hoping the team would give him a new deal since he has outperformed his old one, said he wasn’t angry about how contract negotiations have gone. He also added that his return to training camp does not mean he will take a deal that he did not think was fair. Could a season holdout be next?
“At the end of the day, they had a chance to sign me for a long-term deal. But it didn’t get done,” Ngakoue said after Sunday’s practice. “It is what it is. I’m just here like I said. I love football, love my teammates, and I’m here to play games.”
“… At the end of the day, I know my value, I know my worth. That’s all I can say. Doesn’t matter about anybody else knowing my value. I showed each and every year.” The Jacksonville Jaguars need Ngakoue more than ever.
Yannick Ngakoue Reports to Training Camp
Ngakoue arrived at camp before 7 AM. On Sunday and passed his conditioning test. He was on the practice field with the rest of his Jacksonville Jaguars teammates at 8:45 a.m. The defensive end, who is in the final year of his rookie contract, faces a fine of $528,650, which also includes $88,650 for skipping the team’s mandatory three-day minicamp in June. He is scheduled to $2.02 million this season. Does he deserve more?
“It’s great to see him,” coach Doug Marrone said. “Good to have him back and ready to go, so we’re excited. He’s ready to go and in great shape. We’re all together.”
Yannick Ngakoue has recorded 29.5 sacks and 10 forced fumbles since he entered the league as a third-round pick in 2016. Yannick is expected to become one of the highest paid defensive players in the league when he signs his next deal. Will that be with the Jacksonville Jaguars?