Yannick Ngakoue got into a heated fight with Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan on Twitter, proving he isn’t worth the Baltimore Ravens efforts.
Being a professional athlete can be frustrating at times. You play a sport for a lot of money, but sometimes you don’t get your way when it comes to how much money you make or where you get to play football. This is why we all feel so bad for Jacksonville Jaguars Pro Bowl defensive end Yannick Ngakoue.
That was sarcasm, by the way…
Ngakoue has been the subject of trade talks all offseason after finishing up his rookie contract last year. It appeared evident that he had no interest in returning to the Jaguars for 2020 and beyond, but the team exercised the franchise tag on the 25-year old.
There’s a lot of potential in the former Maryland product, who has produced in each of his first four seasons. Between his 37.5 sacks and 14 forced fumbles, Ngakoue is clearly a ferocious edge rusher with a tenacity for forcing turnovers.
There aren’t any questions about his game. There are, however, concerns about his maturity and character after going after his team’s owner, Shad Khan, on Twitter seemingly out of nowhere:
Yannick Ngakoue hasn’t been shy about his feelings towards the organization this offseason. If you go to his Twitter profile all you have to do is scroll down and you’ll find plenty of tweets both subliminal and outlandish about wanting to be gone from Duval county. While they were interesting to monitor at first, they’ve become tiring and annoying.
The Baltimore Ravens were once a team rumored to have interest in Ngakoue, and we’ve discussed it here before. This should no longer be the case. The Ravens are a prideful organization that typically steers clear of locker room headaches like Ngakoue (with outliers, of course). Even though Ngakoue would likely be happy to come to a competitive team like Baltimore, and really just a change of scenery in general, the Ravens may be turned off by his behavior over the last few months.
Ngakoue isn’t just costing the Jaguars trade compensation right now; he’s costing himself millions of dollars in the process of his whining and moaning. There are likely few teams that are interested in trading anything worth value, if anything at all, for the headache that is Yannick Nagkoue. Baltimore is likely on that side of the spectrum.
Sometimes a player’s attitude outweighs their talents, and that seems to be the case with Yannick Ngakoue. Ngakoue instantly makes any team’s defense better, but would he be worth adding if his demeanor didn’t change? For my money, I’d say no, and I also feel strongly that the Baltimore Ravens likely feel the same way.