Earlier today, Michael Lombardi, who currently writes for The Athletic tweeted this:
According to NFL sources, Jacksonville is extremely close to trading Yannick Ngakoue today or tomorrow, have a firm offer in place--(hearing a two). looks like this holdout will be over soon and Jacksonville will get more picks for their tanking....— Michael Lombardi (@mlombardiNFL) August 19, 2020
...but that couldn't be involving the Jets, could it? After all, Rich Cimini from ESPN said on Sunday that the Jets aren't interested in the 25-year old.
However, Lombardi is now saying this:
Okay, so this one is real, hearing the team deeply involved is the NY Jets.....that's not fake news. does it happen? not sure, but they are trying.— Michael Lombardi (@mlombardiNFL) August 19, 2020
Ngakoue has been disgruntled for some time in Jacksonville and is said to be seeking a long-term deal in the region of $20 million per season. The pass rusher has had at least eight sacks in each of his four NFL seasons, including 12 in 2017.
If this is true - and Lombardi is well-known in league circles as a Bill Belichick operative, so we perhaps need to take it with a pinch of salt - then it's a risky move because the Jets would be giving up draft capital AND a big contract to get their man.
However, to just spend a second round pick as Lombardi's first tweet implies would be good business, especially considering the haul the Jets got for Jamal Adams...and there's no doubt the Jets have needed a top pass rusher for several years.
For what it's worth, Ngakoue's agent David Canter has disputed the earlier claim that he's about to be dealt and Manish Mehta of the Daily News has reported that the Jets are currently not involved in discussions to trade for him.
We'll obviously update you if anything happens, but it probably isn't as imminent as Lombardi is implying...