Lawrence Jackson, Jacob Lacey took minimum deals with $65K in bonuses
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The Minnesota Vikings kept their risk low with the two veterans they signed on Monday.
That's a minimal commitment that makes clear both veterans will have to beat out younger players to win spots on the 53-man roster.
Jackson, 27, received a $65,000 signing bonus on his deal. Lacey, 25, received a $30,000 signing bonus and a $35,000 roster bonus. Each has a non-guaranteed $715,000 base salary.
Because the deals both qualify for the veteran minimum exception, each player would count only $620,000 against the cap if he makes the team.
Last year, the Vikings gave one-year deals to seven free agents and four of them -- fullback Jerome Felton, offensive lineman Geoff Schwartz, linebacker Marvin Mitchell and receiver Jerome Simpson -- made the team. Felton and Mitchell were minimum salary benefit players.
Jackson (6-foot-4, 271 pounds) was Seattle's first-round draft pick (28th overall) out of Southern California in 2008. He played two seasons with the Seahawks and three with Detroit, which acquired him for a sixth-round draft pick in August 2010. He has 19½ sacks in 69 NFL games.
Lacey (5-10, 177) was undrafted out of Oklahoma State in 2009. But he made the Indianapolis Colts' roster and appeared in every game as a rookie. In 54 career games with Indianapolis (2009 to '11) and Detroit (2012), Lacey has six interceptions and 25 passes defended.
The Vikings are now about $6.558 million under their adjusted salary cap.