The Minnesota Vikings have announced that running back Matt Asiata has re-signed with the team which makes him the ninth unrestricted free agent to sign a new contract with the team this offseason. Cornerback Josh Robinson was the only unrestricted free agent to depart, as well as Mike Wallace who was released by the team. That ratio of returning players versus those that are departing is pretty impressive, really.
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Coming out of Utah, Asiata has played in 58 games and has 10 starts credited to his name. He is 28 years old and known as a short yardage back, particularly effective in goalline situations, but can produce the occasional surprise in open space or even catching the ball.
With Adrian Peterson back in his full capacity in 2015, Asiata has 112 yards on 29 carries, but also caught 19 passes for 132 yards. His return gives Rick Spielman even more flexibility than he already had when it comes to the upcoming NFL Draft where he currently owns eight draft picks.
On paper, this roster has very few glaring holes, and so far it is hardly debatable that the roster has improved during free agency.
The move leaves Chad Greenway, Jason Trusnik, Robert Blanton, and Casey Matthews as the only Vikings free agent that have yet sign a new contract.
Asiata’s deal is reportedly of the one year variety.