Vikings Come To Terms With DE Jackson And CB Lacey

Chris Johnson, Jacob Lacey

Defensive end Lawrence Jackson and cornerback Jacob Lacey are now officially Vikings, Dan Wiederer of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. The team announced the signing of both veterans Monday morning, adding additional depth and reinforcement to their defense.

Jackson agreed to his contract with the Vikings in the middle of last week with the deal finalized today. He comes to the Twin Cities following a three-year stop in Detroit, where he played 37 games as a back-up end.

Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman had familiarity with Jackson from within the division and saw an opportunity to find another pass-rushing option as the Vikings head into the 2013 season with its top three ends — Jared Allen, Brian Robison and Everson Griffen — all in the final year of their contracts.

Spielman said on Friday that Jackson was given a one-year deal, which has been the organization’s m.o. the past two offseasons with many of their second-tier free agent signings. That gives the Vikings a low-risk opportunity to look at Jackson as a pass rusher in 2013 as they then begin to decide what to do up front going forward with so much uncertainty surrounding the futures of Allen, Griffen and Robison.

Jackson, originally a first-round pick by Seattle in 2008, made 24 starts in his first two NFL seasons with the Seahawks. He has 19.5 career sacks to go along with 141 tackles. He was traded to Detroit in the summer of 2010 in exchange for a sixth-round draft pick.

Lacey, meanwhile, also arrives from Detroit where he made nine starts last season, recording 36 tackles and a Week 11 interception of Aaron Rodgers.

Lacey began his career in Indianapolis, signed by the Colts as an undrafted free agent following the 2009 draft. He spent three years there working with secondary coach Alan Williams, who is now entering his second season as the Vikings defensive coordinator.

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2 Responses to “Vikings Come To Terms With DE Jackson And CB Lacey”

  1. purplereign57 says:

    I sincerely hope that Lacey is good enough to make a mark in the Viking secondary, and that Xavier Rhodes can become NFL caliber really quick…quick enough to start at corner, and make an immediate impact. Our secondary needs serious help, or QB’s like Aaron Rodgers, Jay Cutler, and Matt Stafford are going to go crazy on the Vikings, and those are just three pass happy QB’s that the Vikes have to play twice each season. Fellow fans, just that is potentially six losses. I know Minnesota is rebuilding, and as a whole, looked good last season, finishing 10-6. But they were still very easy to pass on. The secondary should be a PRIORITY, but I’m telling you, we can’t do it with A. J.Jefferson, Chris Cook, and Marcus Sherels. Minnesota NEEDS shut-down ball hawking corners and another hard-hitting, ball-jarring safety like Harrison Smith.Folks, defense wins ball games, plain and simple. BUT, there is one more PRIORITY that better be addressed if the Vikings are going to be a contender instead of a pretender. Christian Ponder better be better than he was last season, and utilize his weapons to move the chains, and score when they get in the red zone. Let’s also hope that Cordarelle Patterson gets into the mix often, and makes a big impact. I would really also like to see Sharif Floyd get to play nose, and get to some QB’s that aren’t expecting it from a rookie. Personally, I don’t really think that our top pick rookies will get the chance to make indelible marks this coming year, but I hope I’m wrong. I’d really, truly LOVE to see the Vikings dominate the NFC North, and leave the Peckers in the dust. Here’s to a fantastic 2013 season…and a deep playoff run!! SKOL!!

  2. Purpleriegn57,
    We are in a pass happy division. Right on bro. Rhodes is a shut down corner that will start day one. Cook is a very gifted corner. Pro bowl caliber player. Look for him to play to his potntial this year. I hope Robinson can play the nickel. He has athletic ability out the ass.

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