Yannick Ngakoue, Jaguars co-owner Tony Khan air dirty laundry on Twitter

Frank Schwab
·3 min read

The Yannick Ngakoue franchise tag/trade request dispute is getting testy, and it reached a public forum on Monday.

You won’t find too many instances of a player and a co-owner complaining back and forth on Twitter, but that’s what happened Monday. Ngakoue, the Jaguars’ talented pass rusher, doesn’t want the franchise tag the Jaguars put on him and wants to be traded. The Jaguars have not made a move yet.

Ngakoue is frustrated, and Jaguars co-owner and executive vice president Tony Khan and Ngakoue aired it out on Twitter.

Yannick Ngakoue vents on Twitter

In NBA circles, a little social media beef like this is just another day at the office. In the conservative NFL, the Ngakoue-Khan conversation was phenomenal entertainment.

Khan, the son of Jaguars majority owner Shad Khan, is the president and CEO of All Elite Wrestling. So he has some experience with shoot interviews. Please, keep them coming.

Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Yannick Ngakoue (91) celebrates after sacking New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 27, 2019, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)
Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Yannick Ngakoue (91) celebrates after sacking New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 27, 2019, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)

Jaguars, Ngakoue dispute goes public

The Jaguars aren’t necessarily at fault. The franchise tag is in the collective-bargaining agreement that was passed by the players. It isn’t fair to the players, but they did agree to it and the Jaguars have the right to use it.

Ngakoue isn’t wrong either. The Jaguars are harming his ability to maximize his career earnings by keeping him under the franchise tag. He has a right to be angry and frustrated.

There are franchise tag disputes all the time. Most don’t end up with the player and a high-ranking team executive beefing on Twitter, with the player calling the exec a clown and the co-owner telling the player he’s hurting his trade price.

It’s doubtful the NFL turns into AEW, or even the NBA, but it’s pretty good entertainment for a Monday afternoon.

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