Jaguars' Yannick Ngakoue ends holdout, despite not reaching long-term agreement

Jaguars' Yannick Ngakoue won't attend minicamp over contract dispute

Yannick Ngakoue is reporting for duty.

The Jaguars defensive end reported to the team’s training facility Sunday, ending his 11-day holdout. He didn’t get the contract extension he was seeking.

Ngakoue said his decision to arrive at camp comes from his love of football, adding that he knows his worth.

“At the end of the day, they had a chance to sign me for a long-term deal, but it didn’t get done,” Ngakoue said after Sunday’s practice, via ESPN. “It is what it is. I’m just here like I said. I love football, love my teammates, and I’m here to play games.

“… At the end of the day, I know my value, I know my worth. That’s all I can say. Doesn’t matter about anybody else knowing my value. I showed each and every year.”

If Ngakoue hadn’t reported by Tuesday, he wouldn’t have been able to earn his fourth season and be eligible to become an unrestricted free agent after this season should the Jags not extend him or if the team uses the franchise tag on him.

Ngakoue was at the Jaguars’ practice facility by 7 a.m. ET, passed his physical and had joined his teammates on the field by 8:45 that morning. He’s expected to leave with the team Sunday night to go to Baltimore to have two days of joint practices with the Ravens.

“It’s great to see him,” coach Doug Marrone said. “Good to have him back and ready to go, so we’re excited. He’s ready to go and in great shape. We’re all together.”

Ngakoue is slated to make $2.02 million this season. He held out with the hopes of earning a super contract, such as DeMarcus Lawrence’s deal with the Cowboys and Frank Clark’s deal with the Chiefs.

Both contracts are worth at least $100 million, with more than $62 million guaranteed apiece.

“I view myself as unique,” Ngakoue said. “I don’t even compare myself to no other pass-rusher. No disrespect to those guys. Those are my guys — Dee Ford, all them guys, Frank (Clark). I’m my own player. I feel like I bring a different aspect to the game. Stats show.

“… I’m in God’s hands at the end of the day, you know what I mean? I’ve been playing this game since I was in the sixth grade. I’m in his hands. I can’t really worry about the future. I just got to go out there and play full speed.”

Ngakoue has recorded 29 1/2 sacks and 10 forced fumbles since he entered in the NFL in 2016.