The Jaguars will be short on defense as minicamp starts.
Yannick Ngakoue released a statement that said his contract was the reason he will be holding out from mandatory camp.
“I will not be attending minicamp as my contract has not been resolved,” Ngakoue said, via ESPN. “I remain committed to Jacksonville, the fans and my teammates. My hope is to be with Jacksonville for years to come.”
The 24-year-old defensive lineman is in the final year of his rookie contract and is expected to make a base salary of $2.025 million.
Ngakoue, who earned a Pro Bowl berth in 2017, has 29.5 sacks under his belt in his first three years in the league. He’s scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent in 2020.
If Ngakoue doesn’t get the deal he wants and decides to sit out this season, it would be another huge blow for Jacksonville’s defense. Linebacker Tevin Smith announced on Instagram he’s sitting out the 2019 season to “get my world in order” and to focus on his family and health.