World News – US – Sources: Vikes send Ngakoue to Ravens for choices


OWINGS MILLS, Md – The Baltimore Ravens traded for Minnesota Vikings passer Yannick Ngakoue, adding an essential element to the NFL’s stingiest defense

Ravens to send 2021 third-round pick and 2022 conditional fifth-round pick to Vikings for Ngakoue, sources tell ESPN’s Adam Schefter

Ngakoue will be flying to Baltimore within the next 24 hours to take COVID-19 testing so he can be ready to join his new team next week, after the Ravens pull out and begin preparations for their game of the week 8 against the Pittsburgh Steelers

Baltimore, which leads the NFL with the fewest points allowed per game (173), had long pursued a pass-rusher The Ravens had tried to acquire Ngakoue in recent months, sources say, and tried to strike a deal for Jadeveon Clowney before the start of the season

Ngakoue had always hoped to land in Baltimore He grew up in Bowie, Maryland, and played in Maryland before being drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2016

The Ravens can now add pressure by pairing Ngakoue with Matthew Judon, who received the team’s franchise tag

This continues an aggressive approach from Ravens general manager Eric DeCosta to add playmakers to the defense

« We are delighted to add Yannick Ngakoue to our football team, » said DeCosta « Yannick is someone we are very familiar with going back to the draft process years ago This is a exciting player and a dangerous passer who makes us better Yannick grew up here He’s the kind of person we welcome in our building Finally, we are not finished building this team, because we continue to pursue our ultimate goals « 

Ahead of the trade deadline last year, Baltimore acquired cornerback Marcus Peters from the Los Angeles Rams for a fifth-round pick and linebacker Kenny Young

Thursday’s trade reunites former Jaguars Ngakoue and Calais Campbell teammates, whom the Ravens brought in this offseason for a fifth-round selection They were on the pitch together for 1,829 shots over three seasons at Jacksonville (2017 to 2019) and were the starting defensive ends for the Jaguars in the 2017 AFC Championship game

« Dope, man This is crazy, » Campbell said of his reaction to Ngakoue joining the Ravens « I know he’s pretty ecstatic I’m surprised he didn’t blow my phone up « 

The Vikings acquired Ngakoue on Aug. 30 by trading a 2021 second-round pick and a 2022 fifth-round conditional pick to Jaguars Ngakoue, who had been awarded the Jaguars franchise tag in the offseason, accepted a contract a $ 12 million year with the Vikings – instead of his $ 17 franchise offer8 million – to complete the trade

Ngakoue has had five sacks, two forced fumbles, seven quarterback hits and 12 tackles (five for losses) in six games this season for Minnesota, but the Vikings stumbled on a 1-5 start, their worst under coach Mike Zimmer

The Vikings first traded for Ngakoue on the pretext that they would have two first Pro Bowl rushers, Danielle Hunter and Ngakoue Hunter, whose last practice was Aug 14, suffered a herniated disc in his neck and was placed on the injured reserve Sept 9

Hunter recently traveled to New York City to receive a second opinion on his neck injury, but the visit did not provide the Vikings with more clarity on when to return

According to Spotrac, the Vikings will take $ 6 A cap of 8 million reached for six working games of Ngakoue

Yannick Ngakoue

World News – United States – Sources: The Vikes send Ngakoue to the Ravens for choices


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