DEBT MILISY, MICHIGAN – Crows from Baltimore traded for Minnesota Vikings passer-by Yannick Ngakue, aggressively adding another critical piece to the NFL’s most expensive defense.
The Ravens will send a third round selection in 2021 and a conditional fifth round selection in 2022 to the Vikings for Ngakue, ESPN sources told Adam Shefter.
Ngakoue will fly to Baltimore over the next 24 hours to pass COVID-19 testing so he can be ready to join his new team next week after he retires and returns to begin preparations for his 8th week game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Baltimore, which leads the NFL with the fewest points allowed per game, has long pursued a pass. The Ravens have been trying to acquire Ngakue in recent months, according to sources, and have tried to make a deal for Jadeveon Clowney before the start of the season.
Ngakue had hoped to land in Baltimore all along. He grew up in Bowie, Maryland, and participated in Maryland before being drafted by Jaguars Jacksonville in 2016.
The Ravens can now put extra pressure from the edge, pairing Ngakue with Matthew Juden, who received the team’s franchise mark.
This continues the aggressive approach of Ravens general manager Eric DeCosta to add playmakers to the defense.
“We are excited to add Yannick Ngakue to our football team,” Decosta said in a statement. “Yannick is a man we are very familiar with, going back to the recruitment process years ago. He is an exciting player and a dangerous accelerator who makes us better. Yannick grew up here. He is the man we welcome in our building. Finally, we have not completed building this team as we continue to pursue our ultimate goals. “
Before last year’s trading deadline, Baltimore acquired Mark Peters of the Los Angeles Rams for the fifth round and backback Kenny Young.
The trade brings together former Jaguars teammates Ngakue and Kale Campbell, whom the Ravens brought in this offseason season for a fifth-round selection. They were on the field together for 1829 clicks for three seasons in Jacksonville (2017-19) and were the initial defensive ends of the Jaguars in the 2017 AFC Championship.
The Vikings acquired Ngakue on August 30, trading a second round choice in 2021 and a conditional fifth round choice in 2022 on the Jaguars. Ngakue, who received the Jaguars brand franchise in the off-season, agreed to a one-year deal with the Vikings worth $ 12 million – instead of his franchise offer of $ 17.8 million – to complete the trade.
Ngakue had five sacks, two forced touches, seven quarterback hits and 12 games (five TFLs) in six games this season for Minnesota, but the Vikings stumbled on a 1-5 start, their worst start to coach Mike Zimmer.
Initially, the Vikings traded for Ngakoue under the guise of having two first-class Pro Bowl edge edges in Danielle Hunter and Ngakoue. Hunter, whose last practice was on August 14, received a disc herniation in his neck and was placed in an early reserve on September 9.
Hunter recently traveled to New York to get a second opinion on his neck injury, but the visit did not give the Vikings any additional clarity on when he would return.
According to Spotrac, the Vikings will receive $ 6.8 million for six working games from Ngakoue.
ESPN’s Courtney Cronin contributed to this report.