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Vikings Trade Ezra Cleveland to Jaguars for 2024 Pick


EAGAN, Minn. — The Minnesota Vikings on Tuesday announced they are trading left guard Ezra Cleveland to the Jacksonville Jaguars in exchange for a sixth-round pick in the 2024 NFL Draft.

The completion of the trade is pending Cleveland passing a physical exam.

Cleveland originally joined the Vikings as a second-round pick by Minnesota in the 2020 NFL Draft out of Boise State. He played tackle for the Broncos in college, but the Vikings moved him to right guard for his rookie season before lining him up at left guard in 2021.

He settled in on that side of the line since then, eventually making 45 consecutive starts, which led Vikings current offensive linemen before missing Minnesota's Week 7 game against San Francisco after suffering a foot injury in Week 6 at Chicago.

Dalton Risner, who was signed as a free agent earlier this season, filled in for Cleveland at Chicago and has started the past two games.

Cleveland's tenure includes 53 regular-season games (49 starts), as well as last season's Wild Card game. He was scheduled to become a free agent when this season ends.

The news of Cleveland's trade broke shortly after Minnesota traded a sixth-round pick to acquire quarterback Joshua Dobbs and a 2024 conditional seventh-round pick from Arizona.