Raiders to sign Chandler Jones, trade Yannick Ngakoue to Colts
Another big name is headed to the AFC West as one notable figure heads out of the division.
Four-time Pro Bowl pass rusher Chandler Jones is finalizing a deal with the Las Vegas Raiders, a person with knowledge of the move told USA TODAY Sports. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal was not yet official.
In a corresponding move, the Raiders sent defensive end Yannick Ngakoue to the Indianapolis Colts in exchange for cornerback Rock Ya-Sin.
Jones, 32, has the most sacks of any NFL player since 2012 with 107 ½. He registered 10 ½ sacks for the Arizona Cardinals last season, but five of them came in a Week 1 win over the Tennessee Titans.
He will be reunited with the new Raiders regime of coach Josh McDaniels and general manager Dave Ziegler, who overlapped with him during the start of his career with the New England Patriots. Raiders defensive coordinator Patrick Graham was the Patriots' defensive line (2012-13) and linebackers coach (2014-15) during Jones' time there.
In Las Vegas, Jones will team up with Pro Bowl defensive end Maxx Crosby, who signed a four-year, $94 million contract with the team last Friday. The Raiders will lean on them to ramp up pressure in a division that now features star quarterbacks in Patrick Mahomes, Justin Herbert and Russell Wilson.
The pair will join an AFC West loaded with star pass rushers in Joey Bosa and Khalil Mack of the Los Angeles Chargers, Bradley Chubb and Randy Gregory of the Denver Broncos and Chris Jones of the Kansas City Chiefs.
Ngakoue, 26, recorded 10 sacks for the Raiders in 2021 after signing a two-year, $26 million contract last offseason. The Colts will be his fifth team in four years after stints with the Raiders, Jacksonville Jaguars, Minnesota Vikings and Baltimore R
The Raiders are also poised to cut veteran defensive end Carl Nassib, a person a person with knowledge of the move told USA TODAY Sports. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the move was not yet official.