Minnesota Vikings Trade Yannick Ngakoue

With the season sitting at a disastrous 1-5 record, Rick Spielman has finally decided to pull off a big trade. As Adam Schefter reports, the Minnesota Vikings have agreed to trade Yannick Ngakoue to the Baltimore Ravens. The Vikings are receiving a 2021 third-round pick and conditional 2022 fifth. It’s unclear what the conditions are surrounding the fifth-round pick.

Ngakoue’s play has been up and down for the Vikings. He has generated five sacks and forced a couple fumbles. His run defense, though, has been iffy, even with the occasional tackle-for-a-loss. Ngakoue now gets the chance to join a Ravens team that has a legitimate chance to compete for a Super Bowl.

For the Vikings, this is mostly about recouping draft capital. That being said, moving Ngakoue also frees up some cap space. Any cap money that isn’t used can be rolled over into next year. With a reduced cap and several tricky contracts, the Vikings need all the financial assistance they can get. Unfortunately, it’ll only save the Vikings around $2.5 million.

Even though Minnesota is clearly looking to future years, Spielman denies that the Vikings are rebuilding. Actions, as the old saying goes, speak louder than words. Spielman is smart enough to know that it’s time for the Vikings to begin planning for 2021.

Another important factor to keep in mind is the young linemen on Minnesota’s roster. The Vikings’ decision to trade Yannick Ngakoue to the Ravens means more snaps for Jalyn Holmes and D.J. Wonnum.

Stay tuned, folks. The Ngakoue trade may be the beginning.