NFL Insider Pitches Blockbuster Browns Trade That Would Bring Them Alternative to Jadeveon Clowney

Jacksonville Jaguars DE Yannick Ngakoue
Jacksonville Jaguars DE Yannick Ngakoue / James Gilbert/Getty Images

Most NFL player transactions and acquisitions have been taken care of at this stage in the offseason. However, it's still mind-boggling to think that the future of Jadeveon Clowney has yet to be addressed. As of this writing, the three-time Pro Bowler remains unsigned in free agency.

The Cleveland Browns have long been identified as a legitimate player in the Clowney sweepstakes, but those rumors have simmered in recent weeks.

Ironically enough, ESPN insider Field Yates has pitched a trade that would see the Browns land Jacksonville Jaguars disgruntled defensive end Yannick Ngakoue as an alternative to Clowney.

Browns Receive: Yannick Ngakoue

Jaguars Receive: David Njoku and a 2021 second-round pick

This package sounds a little lackluster based on what reports have suggested the Jaguars are seeking in return for Ngakoue. However, any team acquiring the 25-year-old stud would need to commit two fold in order to do so -- once in trade compensation and again via contract. For the 2020 season, Ngakoue is projected to pocket $17.78 million playing under the franchise tag.

In all likelihood, the Browns would agree to terms of an extension with the star pass rusher upon trading for him, or before the July 15 deadline, and that deal expects to be worth $20 million (at least) per year. Therefore, Yates believes that Jaguars general manager David Caldwell should bend a little as far as his unrealistic demands are concerned. After all, this would see his 2021 Draft selections include an extra first- and second-rounder.

Cleveland's vantage point in this trade is pretty apparent, as it would land a player that's posted 37.5 sacks in his four seasons as a pro and would pair him alongside superstar DE Myles Garrett. It's far from probable that this actually happens, but it's easy to see how both franchises would benefit.