Dec 15, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Matt Asiata (44) celebrates his touchdown run against the Philadelphia Eagles in the fourth quarter at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. The Vikings win 48-30. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

Matt Asiata Signed By Vikings


The Vikings have made signing running back Matt Asiata one of their biggest priorities of the offseason.  After potentially losing Adrian Peterson’s backup, Toby Gerhart, to free agency this offseason, Minnesota wanted to lock up their next best running back.

Dec 29, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Matt Asiata (44) rushes against the Detroit Lions in the second quarter at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. The Vikings win 14-13. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

Asiata’s deal is a one year deal worth the NFL veteran’s minimum.  It is a one year deal worth $570,000 that will bring him back as Peterson’s backup next year.  He will compete in camp for a position and will most likely win one since he fills a big need for the team.  Last season, Asiata filed in pretty well when both Peterson and Gerhart were injured and couldn’t play.  Asiata is an exclusive rights free agent with the Vikings and will hopefully stay with the team for a while.

Minnesota could look to have one other running back on their roster to complement Peterson.  A smaller, pass catching running back would really help take a lot of the pressure off the best running back in the NFL.  Otherwise, Asiata should work well for Minnesota as a big running back to pick up short yardage situations.

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  • Casey Johnson

    Bradley Randle would be that 3rd back. Skol Vikings.

    • David Mallow

      Randle is indeed a good option, but I believe they need to look at Joe Banyard as an option as well. He is built to be an NFL back in Norvs system. Either guy would not disappoint me at all.