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This Giants-Jaguars Trade for Yannick Ngakoue Could Actually Work

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Jaguars star DE Yannick Ngakoue | Scott Halleran/Getty Images

After already parting ways with the likes of Calais Campbell and AJ Bouye, the Jacksonville Jaguars seem poised to part ways with another key member of its defense: star defensive end Yannick Ngakoue.

The Jaguars franchise-tagged Ngakoue earlier in the offseason, and the Pro Bowler subsequently made it known that he'd like to be traded. Jacksonville may have to end up adhering to Ngakoue's demands and he projects to have plenty of suitors.

Don't be surprised if the New York Giants make a push for the 24-year-old as general manager Dave Gettleman looks to rebuild his defense.

The Giants would likely sign Ngakoue to a contract extension if they were to acquire him, and that could present a problem since the team only has $15.34 million in cap space. The only tradable asset that the Giants have is veteran offensive lineman Nate Solder, who carries a monster $19.5 million cap hit and has underperformed since his move to New York.

If the Jaguars are willing to take Solder off the Giants' hands, the organization would also need include a third-round draft pick in the deal to sweeten the pot for Jacksonville.

Solder hasn't been very effective since joining the G-Men, but his dead cap value will decrease significantly after the 2020 season, giving the Jaguars an out if he can't rediscover his form. All the while, they'll have added a mid-round pick in exchange for a player who was keen on making a bolt for the exit door at the next available opportunity.