Many NY Giants fans have been calling for the team to trade for Jacksonville’s Yannick Ngakoue due to the large hole at edge rusher. However, his recent outburst should take him out of consideration in that regard.
You won’t find a general manager in today’s NFL that cares more about character and players creating drama than NY Giants GM, Dave Gettleman.
For that reason, after Jaguar’s star pass-rusher Yannick Ngakoue’s latest outburst today, you can pretty much guarantee that Gettleman won’t entertain bringing the sack artist aboard in any capacity.
To be frank, trading for a player on a franchise tag never made much sense, to begin with, as the Giants would have had to part with major draft capital only to have to hand out a $100M+ contract in turn.
After today, the chances of that happening are basically null after he attacked the Jaguar’s co-owner on Twitter for the world to see.
That’s about as bad as it gets when it comes to a player lashing out in a childish way for the world to see, and in my mind, it’s going to be hard for Ngakoue to recover from this anytime soon from a public relations point of view.
If this had been his only outburst than maybe it would be easier to swallow, but he’s been launching bombs at his organization all offseason despite being handsomely rewarded with a franchise tag that will pay him $17.3M in his 25-year-old season.
The franchise tag exists for situations like Ngakoue’s and the Jaguars, as it was designed to give small-market teams a chance to further negotiations with the hope of retaining their star, home-grown players.
While players in the 2016-2018 era of Jaguars football have some legitimate beefs with former team VP – and NY Giants legend – Tom Coughlin, Coughlin is gone and Shad Khan is considered one of the best and more caring owners in the entire league.
If NY Giants fans thought Odell Beckham Jr. was a headache, I’m anxious to hear what they have to say about this, as Beckham never did anything close to this during his time with Big Blue. He was always respectful to his teammates and the front office which is a must in most cases.
This isn’t like he’s a 10-year vet who has been screwed over and outplayed what he’s worth — he’s being paid like a top-five edge rusher this season even though he isn’t one. Not to mention, the team wants to keep him around but he reportedly is asking for a ridiculous contract from them in hopes of being dealt.
At one point, Ngakeoue did seem like an attractive option when it appeared he might be destined for the free-agent market due to Jacksonville’s cap struggles, but those times have passed. NY Giants fans will have to begin elsewhere in hopes of fixing the pass-rushing woes currently plaguing the team.
While Ngakoue will eventually be able to play wherever he wants, that time is not now. He’s got plenty of years left in the NFL – barring injury – and this is how the system works. He’s going to have to tough it out and play on a one-year deal while bringing back an ungodly amount of money unless the team finds a trade partner, something that’s chances decreased exponentially due to his behavior today.
You can almost guarantee that Gettleman has taken Ngakoue off the list of possibilities for the NY Giants, if he ever was on it to begin with.