The Minnesota Vikings have agreed to terms on a one-year contract with defensive end Lawrence Jackson. Jackson is a former first-round bust of the Seattle Seahawks and most recently played for the Detroit Lions.
Jackson began his career by being the 28th player selected in the 2008 NFL Draft from USC. His college coach at the time, Pete Carroll, seemed surprised that Jackson was drafted as high as he was, although being a skilled diplomat said all of the right things with respect to his former pupil.
Jackson played two uninspiring years in Seattle until the organization hired Carroll to lead the team into the future. The Seahawks proceeded to trade Jackson for next to nothing during training camp when Carroll had to have realized that he was not part of the long-term solution for the team.
As a member of the Lions, Jackson amassed 13 sacks in three seasons. However, more of that had to do with having talented teammates such as Ndamukong Suh pushing the pocket back for defensive ends than the ability of Jackson to make things happen.
However, it’s not as if Jackson is coming off of a stellar season. Last year he played in 11 games and recorded 2.5 sacks. About the only thing the Vikings achieved by signing Jackson is bringing in another body to compete for a job.
The Vikings recently made headlines by drafting three players in the first round and the team will be quite disappointed if any of them turn out the way the former first-round pick of the Seahawks did from 2008.