The Minnesota Vikings have yet to strike a deal, at least a public deal, with a new player from outside the organization. However, they are still in the process of getting some of their own free agents back into the fold.
The latest to re-sign with the Vikings is running back Matt Asiata, according to Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press. Specific terms of the deal are not yet known, but it is expected to be of the one-year variety and heavy on the incentives.
Asiata was a restricted free agent, but this negotiated deal means the Vikings do not have to tender Asiata in order to keep him. It was always expected that Asiata would be retained, at least through training camp, so this should not be deciphered to mean anything at all regarding the status of Adrian Peterson.
The 27 year old back has not been the most flashy player over his time with the Vikings, but he has quietly gotten the job done in a role that has varied greatly over his first three seasons.
Last year, in the absence of Peterson, Asiata rushed 164 times for 570 yards (3.5 average) and scored nine touchdowns. He tacked on an impressive enough 44 catches for 312 yards. With over 200 touches last season, it is worth noting he only fumbled the ball once.
This news certainly won’t satisfy your craving for some big Vikings news, but Asiata could once again to be an important part of the Vikings running back depth in 2015.
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