For weeks, defensive end Yannick Ngakoue has been on social media for not wanting to play for the Jaguars this season.
On Tuesday, Ngakoue expressed his desire to play elsewhere on national television.
He appeared as a special guest on ESPN NFL Live, claiming that the Jaguars had an opportunity to extend him a long-term contract last season, but talks have broken down and now is the time to move on .
“It is all over and it is time for me to move on to the next chapter of my career,” said Ngakoue. “I’m still grateful for what Jacksonville has brought to me and my family, but it’s time to move on. “
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Ngakoue also took another shot at the franchise on Tuesday when he said he was one of the top five defensemen but, due to his match in Jacksonville, he could not be seen enough across the country because the Jaguars play so few prime time games.
“If I end up in a prime-time team, I hope I can show the world what I can do,” said Ngakoue. “I really want to be part of a team with a great culture and winning is a habit. I don’t want to be on a team where losing is a norm or something. ”
Although the Jaguars have an advantage over Ngakoue after naming him with the $ 17.8 million non-exclusive franchise label last month, the national image of the franchise continues to strike.
Just like last October with cornerback Jalen Ramsey, another prominent defensive star wants to step down.
Ramsey’s exit plan before it was traded to the Los Angeles Rams included public complaint that an unspecified Jaguar team official, later identified as former Jaguar chief executive Tom Coughlin, had said “disrespectful things” before simulating a back injury for not playing.
Ngakoue’s exit plan includes repeated attempts to force a business by publicly expressing his desire to play with another franchise.
Ngakoue wrote on Twitter last Tuesday to tell the Jaguars that it was time to move on. Knowing that a trade might still be in preparation on the evening of the draft, Ngakoue spoke like a politician on ESPN about what he can bring to a team that might be interested in acquiring it.
“The first thing I can say to one of the 31 other teams that would like to take me away [a] Draft copy [night trade] is that I just bring a different presence to the locker room, not just the field, “said Ngakoue.
“You can reach out to everyone who has ever played with me in Jacksonville, the kind of intensity and aggressiveness that I bring is different. In my opinion, I am one of the top five defenders in this league, the top three. ”
Ngakoue has totaled 37 and a half career sacks and 14 fumbles since being selected as the third round pick in 2016 in Maryland. He has had no less than eight sacks in a season since arriving in Jacksonville.
The Jaguars may have no choice but to offload another disgruntled player. However, their asking price in a trade deal would likely include a team having to part with at least one first-round pick.
Although he has already separated from veteran cornerback A.J. Bouye and defensive end Calais Campbell in the trades to acquire draft picks, coach Doug Marrone wants Ngakoue to return.
“I just hope that somewhere in the end or in one way or another all things can be resolved,” said Marrone.