Jacksonville fans are organizing to vote former Jaguars edge rusher Yannick Ngakoue into the Pro Bowl, but it’s not out of any sense of nostalgia.
Ngakoue was traded from Jacksonville to Minnesota to Baltimore over the past three months, but the Jags will receive an upgrade in draft-pick compensation from a 2021 fifth-rounder to a fourth-rounder as a conditional stipulation of their initial trade with the Vikings in August if the fifth-year defensive end is voted into the 2020 Pro Bowl.
Ngakoue appeared in six games for Minnesota before a midseason trade to the Ravens on Oct. 22, but the Pro Bowl clause in the original deal from Jacksonville was not team-specific.
“Vote Yannick Ngakoue to the Pro Bowl so that we get a 4th round pick from Minnesota instead of a 5th! VOTE and make your voice heard,” the Twitter account for the Jaguars-centric blog Big Cat Country tweeted Wednesday, along with a link to the Pro Bowl voting page on NFL.com.
The account also retweeted another user, @NVLTweets, saying that “a Jags fan on Reddit has recruited Bears, Packers, Lions and Saints fans” to vote for Ngakoue “to help screw over Minnesota.”
The 25-year-old Ngakoue has recorded five sacks and forced two fumbles in nine combined games between Minnesota and Baltimore this season. He made the Pro Bowl in 2017, when he had a career-high 12 sacks and a league-leading six forced fumbles for Jacksonville.
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