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Lawrence Jackson, Jacob Lacey visit Vikings

Lawrence Jackson AP

The draft is dominating the headlines in the football world right now, but there are still veteran free agents hunting for jobs as well.

Two of them visited with the Vikings recently. Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times reports that defensive end Lawrence Jackson met with the team while Howard Balzer of the Sports Xchange reports that cornerback Jacob Lacey was also in Minnesota to see the team.

Jackson was a first-round pick of the Seahawks in 2008 and spent two years in Seattle before moving on to the Lions for the last three years. He hasn’t quite lived up to his draft status, making 24 starts in his first two seasons before moving into a role as a rotational lineman with the Lions. The Vikings should be familiar with him as a result of his time in Detroit and Jackson would slot into the Vikings mix behind Jared Allen, Everson Griffen and Brian Robison.

Lacey was also with the Lions in 2012, his first season with the team after spending his first three NFL seasons with the Colts. Injuries limited him to 11 games for Detroit last season, during which he recorded 36 tackles and an interception, and he’d certainly be a candidate for a healthy amount of playing time in a somewhat unsettled cornerback corps in Minnesota.

 

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14 Responses to “Lawrence Jackson, Jacob Lacey visit Vikings”
  1. norseyapper says: Apr 19, 2013 10:13 AM

    Two players with experience who won’t kill the cap. Not a big and splashy news item but it sounds like a good plan for adding depth.

  2. purpleguy says: Apr 19, 2013 10:30 AM

    I’m not sure I want any defender on my team that played for the Lions in 2012.

  3. essentialsausage says: Apr 19, 2013 10:42 AM

    As a Lions fan, I would advise the Vikings that Lawrence Jackson is a serviceable backup defensive end. Jacob Lacey is downright awful. Buyer beware on him.

  4. mack2x says: Apr 19, 2013 10:56 AM

    It would be nice to keep Jackson, You can have Lacey.

  5. bornking24 says: Apr 19, 2013 10:57 AM

    Yep.. picking up Lacey won’t replace Antoine, But it’s still a good ENOUGH pick up.

    And Jackson to learn a bit for big Kev before he leaves sounds great as well!

  6. whatjusthapped says: Apr 19, 2013 11:11 AM

    Ya, the Lion’s defense was so effective in 2012 that the Vikings see fit to raid that squad for two of their more marginal players.

    Why not just re-sign Winfield? Oh right, never mind.

  7. jcmeyer10 says: Apr 19, 2013 11:31 AM

    Better to have camp depth, than no depth at all.

  8. MasMacho says: Apr 19, 2013 11:33 AM

    Wow. Lawrence Jackson. Former hawks 1st rounder that was a complete bust. Surprised he’s still in the league.

  9. jebdamone says: Apr 19, 2013 12:59 PM

    Jackson, fine…Lacey…why?

  10. golforepar says: Apr 19, 2013 3:46 PM

    I hope these guys didnt ask to see the trophy cabinet!

  11. vikingsgohard says: Apr 19, 2013 4:00 PM

    I like this Lacy could improve with the Vikings I’m sure there was a reason the colts picked him up a few years ago he would be reunited with coach Williams … Maybe Jackson can step up on our D line … This also can potentially free up draft aspects

  12. lionsyooper says: Apr 19, 2013 6:06 PM

    As a Lions fan, I will be mildly (and I stress mildly) disappointed if Lawrence Jackson signs with the division rival. He seemed to be a serviceable back-up with slight, slight potential up-side, if developed correctly…
    As for Jacob Lacey, it would be a much welcomed scenario to see any of the Lions receivers line up against him twice a year. If he is in the line-up as anything more than a potential nickel or dime back then the Vikings are in dire straights, which is only good for the Honolulu Blue and Silver.

  13. krazytrane says: Apr 20, 2013 8:47 AM

    Bornking24: “Big Kev” is a defensive tackle. Jackson is a defensive end. Significantly different roles on the defensive line. “Big Kev” cannot teach Jackson much more than how to tackle a buffet. “Quick Jare” likely has the experience that Jackson from which Jackson would benefit.

  14. theskolbandit says: Apr 22, 2013 5:03 PM

    I think we can find better players this weekend. We have 11 picks USE THEM RICK

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