Seahawks trading for Yannick Ngakoue is simply a rumor currently
By Lee Vowell
The Seahawks like to be in on anything that could improve the team. But trading for Yannick Ngakoue is simply a rumor right now.
The NFL offseason, especially prior to the free agency period, is always full of rumors that may or may not turn out to be true. But the fact is, a lot of whispers of rumors that get started have no basis in fact and therefore do not come to fruition. One current rumor has Jaguars defensive end Yannick Ngakoue being traded to the Seahawks.
The current bit about Ngakoue was started by Pro Football Network’s Tony Pauline. According to Pauline
"I’ve been told by a very good source that the Seahawks would like to acquire Yannick Ngakoue via trade. My sources tell me they believe compensation would include something like a second-round selection and possibly a situation where the Seahawks swap their pick in round one for the Jags pick in the second round"
Pauline may turn out to be right. But let us look a bit more into this. Pauline is citing his “sources” and he does not name any team executives. Maybe his sources are team execs, but they could also not be. And the way word spreads around the NFL about anything this time of year, something that has little smoke can turn into a raging volcano.
Heck, even we speculated what it might be like for the Seahawks to acquire Yannick Ngakoue. There is nothing wrong with speculation and there is nothing wrong with hoping that Ngakoue makes his way to Seattle. He is a young edge rusher who has been very productive in four seasons. He has 33 quarterback hits alone in 2018, or 32 more than Seattle had as a team last year (OK, I exaggerated a bit about the Seattle part, but not by much).
Getting Yannick Ngakoue and giving up a first-round pick, maybe a bit more, is easy to see. The Seahawks almost always trade their first-round pick anyway. Getting Ngakoue for that seems like a steal. It also probably means Seattle doesn’t re-sign Jadeveon Clowney.
So this really might be a Ngakoue for Clowney deal in essence. That isn’t good enough. Seattle doesn’t need to replace the one good edge rusher they had in 2019 with another good edge rushers. The Seahawks need edge rushers. If this trade actually does go through, hopefully, Yannick Ngakoue will just be the start of getting three good pass rushers to Seattle. Of course, Yannick Ngakoue to the Seahawks is simply nothing but a rumor anyway at this point. That’s the important part to remember.