A person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press on Thursday that the Minnesota Vikings and defensive end Jackson have agreed to a one-year contract.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the agreement hadn't been announced.
Jackson confirmed that he is no longer with the Lions, sending a set of farewell tweets Thursday night:
A big thanks to all the Detroit fans who took me in as their own. I loved you guys and played hard for u guys respect every week.â Lawrence Jackson (@LoJackson94) April 26, 2013
Seattle drafted the former USC standout 28th overall in 2008 and he started 24 games for the Seahawks over his first two seasons in the league. The Seahawks traded Jackson to Detroit in 2010, and he had 13 sacks in 37 games for the Lions. He had a career-high six sacks in 2010.
Vikings fans enjoyed a huge day on Thursday, as the team snagged defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd, cornerback Xavier Rhodes and wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson in Thursday's first round of the 2013 NFL Draft.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.