Baltimore Ravens Acquire DE Yannick Ngakoue from Minnesota Vikings on Trade

Yannick Ngakoue during Patriots Training Camp in 2017. Photo by Eric Canha/CSM/Shutterstock

The Baltimore Ravens, who already have one of the best defenses in the league, have made a trade for Minnesota Vikings defense end Yannick Ngakoue.

The Ravens are obviously in win-now mode and decided to give up a third-round pick in the 2021 draft and a conditional fifth-round pick in 2020 for the pass rusher.

The trade was timed perfectly since the Ravens are currently on their bye week. That means that Ngakoue will be able to go through COVID-19 testing this weekend and be ready to play against division rivals, the Pittsburgh Steelers, in Week 8.

The Ravens were very interested in adding Ngakoue to the defense earlier in the year, but the Vikings were able to offer a better deal to the Jacksonville Jaguars.

But Baltimore’s front office, which is easily one of the best in the league, never gave up on acquiring the prized pass rusher and made the move before the Week 8 trade deadline to get their guy.

The Ravens defense is giving up only 17.3 points per game this season, which is the fewest by any team in the league. The arrival of Ngakoue should make their defense even stingier in the second half of the season.