Vikings re-sign Asiata to one-year contract

The Minnesota Vikings re-signed running back Matt Asiata to a one-year deal on Monday, less than 24 hours before free agents are allowed to sign with other teams.

Last year Matt Asiata was the Minnesota Vikings' leading rusher with 164 carries for 570 yards and nine touchdowns. The Vikings and the running back agreed to a one-year deal on Monday, less than 24 hours before free agents are allowed to sign with other teams.

There is still a lot of uncertainty surrounding Adrian Peterson and whether he will return to Minnesota in 2015 or not. Asiata won't replace Peterson, but he at least offers the Vikings more depth.

Asiata has never been an explosive runner but he was an effective runner. He is not the type of player who will break off a 50-yard run for a touchdown but instead he is the type of player who will rush for three or four yards consistently. He is a powerful runner that runs angry and always seems to fall forward for an extra yard.

In 2014 Asiata was the original running back to take over the starting job once Peterson was away from the team, but Asiata later lost his starting role to Jerick McKinnon. McKinnon was eventually placed on injured reserve with a lower back injury and with him returning healthy the two running backs should be able to form serviceable depth at the position.

The terms of Asiata’s contract have yet to be released, but it is known that there are multiple incentives and is for less than $1 million. He was scheduled to be a restricted free agent.

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