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Short stay: Vikings trade DE Yannick Ngakoue to Baltimore for picks

Ngakoue was only in Minnesota for six games, and did not have the impact the team sought when they acquired him from Jacksonville.
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Atlanta Falcons running back Ito Smith (25) runs from Minnesota Vikings defensive end Yannick Ngakoue (91) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Bruce Kluckhohn)

EAGAN, Minn. — He barely had time to unpack his bags. 

Just six games into his Vikings career, Yannick Ngakoue is moving ahead, this time to Baltimore after Minnesota traded the defensive end to the Ravens for a reported pair of draft picks. 

The Purple confirmed the trade on its Twitter feed, saying only that the club will receive a pair of undisclosed draft picks. But NFL insider Adam Schefter reports that Baltimore gave the Vikings a 2021 third-round pick, and a 2022 conditional fifth-round pick.

Schefter also reported that Ngakoue will fly to Baltimore in the next day, so he can go through COVID testing protocol and be ready when the Ravens take on archrival Pittsburgh next Sunday. 

Ngakoue was traded to the Vikings in early September when contract negotiations with his then-team, the Jacksonville Jaguars, broke down. The Vikings hoped that the fifth-year pass rushing specialist would help in the absence of defensive end Danielle Hunter, who has not played a down in 2020 due to a reported injury with his neck. 

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“When they talk about edge rushers, we want them to talk about Danielle and Yannick. I’m just glad that we’re on the same team and can push each other each and every day," Ngakoue said after arriving in Minnesota. "I’m pretty sure our friendship will build as time goes on.” 

In six games with the Vikings he notched five sacks, and 12 solo tackles.