Yannick Ngakoue is headed to Minnesota.
The Jacksonville Jaguars have agreed to trade the Pro Bowl pass rusher to the Vikings in exchange for a 2021 second-round pick and conditional fifth-round pick in 2022, according to multiple reports.
The fifth-round pick could become a fourth if Ngakoue is a first-ballot Pro Bowler; it can become a third if he is a first-ballot Pro Bowler and the Vikings win the Super Bowl.
Ngakoue, 25, refused to sign his franchise tag tender this offseason with Jacksonville and held out at the start of training camp – signaling his dissatisfaction with the Jaguars after not being able to come to terms with a long-term deal.
Per NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, the Vikings are working to finalize a restructured one-year deal for Ngakoue, which could result in him playing for less money than the $17.78 million franchise tag.
Ngakoue, who was a Pro Bowl defensive end in 2017 and had eight sacks, an interception and four forced fumbles last season, joins a Minnesota defense that finished fifth in the league last year with 48 sacks.
He will play opposite Daniel Hunter – who has not practiced in two weeks for precautionary reasons – and fills a void left by veteran Everson Griffen, who recently signed with the Cowboys as a free agent.
Ngakoue had been linked to several other potential suitors, including the Philadelphia Eagles and New York Jets.
Earlier this month, former NFL GM Michael Lombardi suggested the Jets were “deeply involved” in a potential Ngakoue trade. According to ESPN’s Rich Cimini, the Jets did not see Ngakoue as a fit in Gregg Williams’ defense – who puts a premium on stopping the run.