Why the Vikings Traded Ross Blacklock and Jaylen Reagor

This week, the Vikings surprisingly let go of defensive end Armon Watts and wide receiver Ihmir Smith-Marsett, two talented players who were expected — at least by outsiders — to play significant roles in 2022. To replace them, GM Kwesi Adofo-Mensah made two moves. to acquire Ross Blacklock and Jalen Reagor from Texas and the Eagles, respectively.

We can’t know exactly why Adofo-Mensah and the Vikings decided to make these moves, but we can glean some information from his public comments at a press conference Thursday and use educated guesses to fill in the blanks.

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