Matt Asiata Re-Signs with Minnesota Vikings

Minnesota Vikings running back Matt Asiata (44) runs the ball against the St. Louis Rams during an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 8, 2015, in Minneapolis. The Vikings won in overtime, 21-18.  (Jeff Haynes/AP Images for Panini)
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Daniel KramerFeatured ColumnistMarch 5, 2016

The Minnesota Vikings announced they have re-signed running back Matt Asiata on Wednesday. Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported the contract is a one-year deal.

On March 5, Tomasson reported Asiata was expected to test free agency if the Vikings' financial offer didn't meet his standards. The four-year veteran made $800,000 last year on a one-year deal, per Spotrac.

Asiata has been a reliable backup the past two seasons, particularly when Adrian Peterson missed 15 games in 2014 while on the commissioner’s exempt list. That year, he tallied 570 yards and nine touchdowns on 164 attempts. 

His role naturally decreased when Peterson returned last season and won his third rushing title. Asiata rushed 29 times for 112 yards and zero touchdowns in 2015.

But he still remains a viable pass-catcher out of the backfield, with a career average of 6.7 yards per catch on 69 receptions. 

Barring health issues to the rest of Minnesota’s backfield, Asiata’s role likely won’t increase much. Peterson remains the top option, even as he turns 31 later this month, and Jerick McKinnon seems to be the clear No. 2 after finishing last year strong. 

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