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Yannick Ngakoue ends holdout, reports to Jaguars camp

Defensive end seeking new contract from team

Yannick Ngakoue reported to training camp on Sunday.
Yannick Ngakoue reported to training camp on Sunday. (Getty Images)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Yannick Ngakoue's holdout is over. 

The Jaguars defensive end reported to training camp on Sunday morning, ending a holdout that had gone on much of the offseason as he angled for a new contract. 

Ngakoue, who has 29.5 sacks during his first three seasons in the NFL, will earn $2.025 million during the final season of his rookie contract. Ngakoue has no doubt outperformed his rookie deal and is in line for a massive pay raise. But he was fighting the clock in holding out for a new contract. 

Had Ngakoue continued to hold out and skipped much more of camp, he would have lost out on accruing a year toward free agency. Tuesday is the deadline for reporting and still earning that year time. Had Ngakoue not reported by Tuesday, he would have lost out on a year of service and forfeited his chance at becoming an unrestricted free agent in 2020. 

The NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reported that Ngakoue has turned down a short-term contract from the Jaguars worth $19 million per year. Ngakoue has accrued nearly $530,000 in fines during his holdout. 


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