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Yannick Ngakoue to Skip Jaguars Minicamp Amid Contract Dispute

Jacksonville has only $9.4 million in cap space currently but needs to get a contract extension done for one of the league’s best in terms of getting after the quarterback

Photo via Newport Daily News

The Jacksonville Jaguars will have their mandatory three-day minicamp this week but will be doing so without one of their star players.

Defensive end Yannick Ngakoue released a statement saying that he would not be attending due to no progress being made in his extension discussions.

The 24-year-old pass rusher is entering the final year of his rookie deal and obviously would like a new contract to keep him in Jacksonville as well as make him one of the highest paid pass rushers in the NFL.

Jacksonville is likely trying to extend not only Ngakoue but also 2016 first-round pick, Jalen Ramsey, as both players are part of the core on the defensive side of the ball that helped the team reach the AFC Championship game two seasons ago.

Currently, with $9.4 million in salary cap space, Jacksonville will have to some roster movement or contract restructuring in order to give out contract extensions.

Ngakoue has been one of the best pass rushers in the league since Jacksonville selected him in the third round of the 2016 NFL Draft. While guys like Joey Bosa and DeForest Buckner were drafted towards the top of the draft, Ngakoue has outperformed them so far in their careers.

In 48 career games, Ngakoue has 70 QB hits and 29.5 sacks to go along with 80 tackles (29 for a loss), 10 forced fumbles and an interception. He also was elected to the Pro Bowl in the 2017 season.

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