Ravens acquire Yannick Ngakoue from Vikings for draft picks

Ruben Hill
October 22, 2020

The Minnesota Vikings traded Ngakoue to the Baltimore Ravens after just six games.

The Baltimore Ravens have agreed in principle, pending the passing of a physical, with the Minnesota Vikings to a trade for Pro Bowl DE Yannick Ngakoue in exchange for undisclosed draft picks, executive vice president and general manager Eric DeCosta announced Thursday.

The star pass-rusher will fly to Baltimore in the next 24 hours to complete COVID-19 testing so he can join his new team next Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Schefter adds. The team reportedly tried to acquire Ngakoue multiple times over the past few months, according to Schefter.

Ngakoue had hoped to land in Baltimore all along. He grew up in Bowie, Maryland, and starred at Maryland before being drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2016.

Ravens general manager Eric DeCosta spoke glowingly about Ngakoue, saying he's an "exciting player and a risky pass rusher". "Finally, we are not finished building this team, as we continue to chase our ultimate goals". Baltimore (5-1) is sitting in fifth-place in the AFC, but only a half-game out of second.

The Vikings acquired Ngakoue on August 31 from the Jacksonville Jaguars in exchange for a 2021 second-round pick and a conditional 2022 fifth-round pick, so they'll recoup most of what they spent for him.

They gave Ngakoue a $4 million signing bonus as part of his deal; that part of his contract will stay on the team's books, while the Vikings will recoup a prorated portion of Ngakoue's $8 million base salary.

A five-year National Football League veteran, Ngakoue has played in 69 career games (67 starts), recording 134 total tackles (117 solo), 42.5 sacks, 16 forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, nine passes defensed and two interceptions. Hunter, whose last practice was August 14, suffered a herniated disk in his neck and was placed on injured reserve September 9.

The coronavirus pandemic, which has kept the Vikings and many teams from opening their games to paying customers, could lead to a major drop in the 2021 salary cap, affecting teams like the Vikings who are stocked with highly-paid veterans.

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