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The Minnesota Vikings acquired defensive end Yannick Ngakoue from the Jacksonville Jaguars back in August for a second-round pick and a conditional fifth. Two months later, they give him back up as they trade Ngakoue to the Baltimore Ravens for a third-round pick and a conditional fifth-round pick.
“We are excited to add Yannick Ngakoue to our football team,” said Ravens general manager Eric DeCosta . “Yannick is someone who we are very familiar with going back to the draft process years ago. He is an exciting player and a dangerous pass-rusher who makes us better. Yannick grew up here. He’s the type of person we welcome in our building. Finally, we are not finished building this team, as we continue to chase our ultimate goals.”
Ngakoue joins a Ravens defense which is 10th overall in total defense, 13th in pass defense and 12th in pass defense. The Ravens pass rush is one of the best in NFL as they are tied for second with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in team sacks with 22. Ngakoue this season has been productive was five sacks and two forced fumbles, so adding Ngakoue only helps to bolster their pass rush as they look to have as strong of defense as possible when they play big games against the Pittsburgh Steelers twice this season, their strongest competition for the AFC North division title. Ngakoue is reunited with Calais Campbell, whom the Ravens got from the Jaguars this offseason, as the two were teammates on the 2017 Jaguars team that made it to the AFC Championship game. Like when they acquired Marcus Peters and Kenny Young last year to the defense at the trade deadline, the Ravens are adding more weapons to their defense midseason.
For the Vikings, this is a puzzling situation. They added Ngakoue for a second-round pick back in August and they trade him two months later. They lose $6.8 million in cap for six games of production and essentially trade down in the draft a round for six games. They wanted to pair him with Danielle Hunter but with his injury, they decided to move on from Ngakoue and boost their draft capital. The Vikings are 1-5 and with the Jaguars owning their second-round pick, they needed to increase their draft capital and this was a step in the right direction in doing so. This has been a disappointing season for the Vikings, showing they need to make significant roster changes. Expect more players from Minnesota to be sold by the deadline.
Both teams are in the midst of their bye week. The Vikings will face the Green Bay Packers and the Ravens will play the Steelers in two weeks.