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.
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.