This Browns-Jaguars Trade for Yannick Ngakoue Could Actually Work

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Jacksonville Jaguars pass rusher Yannick Ngakoue | Stacy Revere/Getty Images

The Jacksonville Jaguars have already parted ways with AJ Bouye and Calais Campbell this offseason, and the team is inching ever closer towards trading defensive end Yannick Ngakoue after the star pass rusher refused to play in Jacksonville under the franchise tag.

While every edge rusher needy team has been calling Dave Caldwell to facilitate a trade, one dark horse contender for Ngakoue that makes a ton of sense is the Cleveland Browns.

The Browns' highest cap hit next season comes from pass rusher Olivier Vernon, who is coming off the worst season of his career after managing just 3.5 sacks. The Browns were reportedly close to releasing him earlier in the offseason, and they could still move on from him even though they claim they have no plans to release him.

Vernon and Ngakoue would almost certainly need to change places in any hypothetical Jags-Browns deal, but Jacksonville will likely need to insist on a mid-round pick somewhere in the third to fifth-round range considering that Cleveland is getting a clearly superior player. If Cleveland agrees, this move could go down.

Vernon looks nothing like the guy who broke out in Miami and starred in New York. While a fresh start in Jacksonville could help the Miami native rediscover his groove, Cleveland could put together one of the most feared pass rush tandems in football between Ngakoue and Myles Garrett. Andrew Berry just needs to pull the trigger.