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Updated: April 30th, 2013 10:54am
Lawrence Jackson, Jacob Lacey took minimum deals with $65K in bonuses

Lawrence Jackson, Jacob Lacey took minimum deals with $65K in bonuses

by Tom Pelissero
1500ESPN.com
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The Minnesota Vikings kept their risk low with the two veterans they signed on Monday.

End Lawrence Jackson and cornerback Jacob Lacey each received a one-year, minimum salary benefit contract with a maximum value of $780,000, according to NFL sources.

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.

Cornerbacks Chris Carr and Zack Bowman and halfback Lex Hilliard were cut in the final roster reduction and the cap hit was minimal because they received only $75,000 combined in bonuses.

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.

Tom Pelissero is Senior Editor and columnist for 1500ESPN.com. He hosts from 6 to 8 p.m. weeknights and co-hosts from 10 a.m. to noon Sundays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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