Raiders Still in the Hunt For Jadeveon Clowney and/or Yannick Ngakoue?

We know the Raiders were in the hunt for Jadeveon Clowney.

Similarly, Jon Gruden and the gang apparently had some kind of conversation with the Jaguars about trading for Yannick Ngakoue around the time of the draft.

But is either star pass rusher still in the mix to join the Raiders?

Let’s start with Ngakoue.

A radio host recently suggested the Raiders should trade a first-round pick to Jacksonville and add the Pro Bowl pass rusher. One of the reasons that won’t be happening is because the Jaguars seem to be having trouble even getting a second-round pick for Ngakoue.

Any team that theoretically trades for Ngakoue would not only lose a premium pick, but they’re going to have to shell out a contract not far behind what the Bears paid Khalil Mack. For that reason, it seems unlikely that the Raiders would be willing to take the plunge on Ngakoue. The high pick and the contract are too much collateral for a player that is good, but not necessarily great.

The more realistic option if the Raiders are looking to add a pass rusher before the season would probably be Clowney. He should be a little cheaper (the Raiders also wouldn’t lose a draft pick) and offers just as much upside as Ngakoue. The rumor mill still seems to tie Clowney more to Tennessee than anyone else, but some aren’t even sure if Clowney really wants to play this year. Or maybe he just doesn’t feel like doing training camp or catching the virus.

Either way, it’s hard to imagine Gruden doing cartwheels for a player that seems to be in no hurry to find a team (and may or may not be fully healthy).

Clowney is reportedly unwilling to take less than $17 million per year, which probably means the conversation about where he will eventually play won’t be ending anytime soon.

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5 thoughts on “Raiders Still in the Hunt For Jadeveon Clowney and/or Yannick Ngakoue?

  1. IF Mike Mayock and Jon Gruden don’t go out and get that 25 year old pass rusher, Yannick Ngakoue, who currently plays for the Jacksonville Jaguars then they can only blame themselves for not excelling this season. Yannick Ngakoue is in his prime and a proven commodity that doesn’t need the time to develop like a first round pick that may or may not prove out. Trading for Yannick Ngakoue would give the Las Vegas Raiders the youth, depth and proven talent on the defensive line that they desire. Von Miller won the Denver Broncos a Super Bowl by putting continuous, persistent and extreme pressure on the Carolina Panthers’ offensive line and subsequently Cam Newton. Collectively, with the current Las Vegas Raiders defensive line, Yannick Ngakoue could be that piece for the Raiders. The truth is that the Raiders actually ARE in a position to upstage the defending Super Bowl Champion Kansas City Chiefs this year IF they acquire this young man. The Achilles Heel, currently for the Kansas City Chiefs IS their offensive line. If Al Davis knew this, he would do EVERYTHING possible to attack their weakness. Mike Mayock and Jon Gruden need to do the same. BEATING the Kansas City Chiefs would be Al Davis’ primary objective in order to give the Las Vegas Raiders the ONE THING that they need the most in order to reestablish their dominance, in the NFL, CONFIDENCE!!! Having Carl Nassib replace Benson Mayowa IS NOT going to give the Raiders what they want but acquiring this young man WILL. ANY and EVERYONE can tout Mike Mayock as the next great sports analyst turned General Manager, if they want to, but all that will be talked about, at the end of this season, is WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN IF Mike Mayock and Jon Gruden HAD added Yannick Ngakoue to their roster. The NFL has millions of stories about missed opportunities. The Las Vegas Raiders, 2020 edition, SHOULD NOT BE ONE OF THEM. Just for arguments sake, imagine what Yannick Ngakoue could bring to this team. He is younger than Jadeveon Clowney, his upside is better, he’s there for the asking, albeit at a price that could force the Raiders to jettison Derek Carr to afford him, and his football record, a Pro Bowler, and acumen is proven. THIS move could solidify Mike Mayock’s and indeed Jon Gruden’s legacy in football history. If Jon Gruden wasn’t afraid to pull the trigger on the Khalil Mack and Amari Cooper trades then what is the holdup on making this one? Al Davis was not afraid to go out and get Bubba Smith, Ted Hendricks, Mike Haynes, Lyle Alzado and Richard Sherman in an effort to bring dominance to the Oakland Raiders defense. In fact, Al Davis NEVER let ANYTHING stand in the way of his getting the job done. With the additions that Raiders Management has made this season, thus far, the crowing jewel and missing piece IS Yannick Ngakoue. I challenge ANYONE to say that the Raiders defense would not be formidable with the acquisition of Yannick Ngakoue. In my opinion, his talent is worthy of a second round and possibly a first round pick in order to make this happen. The truth is that this season could possibly rival some of the Raiders’ greatest seasons ever IF and ONLY IF Jon Gruden and Mike Mayock have the “temerity” to make it that way.

  2. I think they would be better on the JD CLOONEWNEY get a pmayer with just as much at a better price and if you makw him happy., you just tell him we banking on you big man and let him go at it

  3. Dion Jordan for all of the above. Was getting better as he got playing time. Way cheaper. Played in the system. Played inside and outside. Has something to prove. Will not displace the 2 young guns.

  4. Ngakoue is a beast. But is he going to get us a Championship? No.
    Will he improve our defense immensely? Of Course! But he wants Mack money and give him a few years and he’ll want more! Clowney is another thing. In my eyes he’s a stuational DE at best. And he doesn’t bring it on everyplay. Are we really gonna pay him the 17 Million a year he wants? That’s for a player with a history of injuries back to before he was even in the league!
    I say pass on both. To many other needs to be selling the farm just to try and make the playoffs!

  5. Clowney is 29 years old and Yannick is 25 years old, to start with. You are entitled to your opinion. In my opinion, having a 25 year old chase after Patrick Mahomes is a better proposition than having a going on 30 year old chasing after him. Obviously, Mike Mayock and Jon Gruden are going to do what they want to do. They have already committed to giving Derek Carr ANOTHER 25 million dollars, this year and so be it. It’s Mark Davis’ money so who cares? The next question becomes, how long will Mike Mayock continue to, according to multiple football analyst and sportswriters, assemble talented players without the Raiders posting a winning record? Andy Reid did what he knew was necessary in order to get the Kansas City Chiefs a Super Bowl victory. Will Mike Mayock and Jon Gruden?

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