The Jesse Davis Trade Solidifies Ed Ingram’s Starting Spot

Initially, I believed that the plan for Ed Ingram was to be the backup at LG. Instead, the team flipped him to the right side, allowing him to compete for the starting spot. He has earned the job as the starter, so the Vikings decided to move veteran Jesse Davis through a trade.

Davis will now be playing for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Take a look at some of the trade details:

The fact that Minnesota could only get a conditional 7th – and one that’s in 2025 – suggests that there wasn’t too much interest in adding Davis. Kwesi Adofo-Mensah was still able to find a trade partner, which allows the Vikings to save some room on the cap:

The team isn’t compelled to use all of their room. Nevertheless, opening up some more flexibility is a good thing, one that allows them to consider more moves down the line.

From left to right, the projected starting offensive line will be Christian Darrisaw, Ezra Cleveland, Garrett Bradbury, Ed Ingram, and Brian O’Neill. All five starters have been drafted by the team, an indication of how much of an emphasis it has been to draft offensive linemen early in recent drafts.

According to Chris Tomasson, Davis had some problems with an injured knee:

Whatever the main motivations were for the Jesse Davis trade, the Vikings have decided to move ahead with the rookie at RG.

Keep in mind that the roster will still be a work in progress. The initial 53-man roster may now be complete, but there can still be a fair bit of shuffling. In other words, don’t assume that the team is now set in stone. Some change can occur over the coming days as more trades and signings get worked on.