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Jaguars Owner Khan Wants Both Campbell and Ngakoue Back in 2020

Jaguars’ owner Shad Khan discussed the futures of defensive ends Calais Campbell and Yannick Ngakoue, John Oehser of reports.

“Both of those players – Yannick and Calais – I had chats with them after the season,” Khan said during a conversation with’s Ashlyn Sullivan. “I would love for them to be back and I’m very hopeful they’ll be back.”

Campbell and Ngakoue are both key offseason Jaguars storylines. Because they are at different stages of their careers, different dynamics surround the players.

Campbell, who has made the Pro Bowl in all three seasons since signing with the Jaguars as an unrestricted free agent in the 2017 offseason, has a year remaining on his contract. He is entering his 13th NFL season, with a $17.5 million salary-cap figure for 2020.

The Jaguars can either pay Campbell his $15 million base salary in 2020, try to renegotiate an extension with a lower-cap figure or release Campbell for cap reasons. He also is the unquestioned team leader, and Khan acknowledged his importance off the field and in the community.

“I think he’s a fabulous guy and I think his contributions … everybody understands, knows, respects,” Khan said of Campbell, who this past Saturday became the first Jaguars player to receive the prestigious Walter Payton Man of the Year – an award that acknowledged volunteer work, work in the community and on-field performance.

Ngakoue’s situation is as complex. The fourth-year defensive end is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent at the March 18 start of the NFL League Year. Ngakoue turned down the Jaguars’ offer for a contract extension last offseason and held out through the first part of training camp.

The Jaguars are unlikely to allow Ngakoue to become a free agent. If the sides can’t agree to a long-term contract, the Jaguars have the option of applying the franchise tag – a move that restricts a player’s ability to sign elsewhere. Ngakoue would then have the option of signing the tag and playing in 2020 on what essentially is a one-year contract or not signing the tag and not playing.

“We very much want him to be [back], and I’ve talked to him,” Khan said. “Absolutely it’s our desire that he be back.”

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