Monday was the first day Vikings players were allowed under league rules to work out at Winter Park as part of the team’s offseason program.
Exclusive rights free agent Asiata was tendered last month, and had only to formally sign the deal. He will receive the veteran minimum of $570,000 in 2014. The money is not guaranteed.
Asiata went into 2013 as the #3 running back behind Adrian Peterson and Toby Gerhart. Fantasy football players became aware of his name late in the season when both Peterson and Gerhart went down with injury, pressing Asiata into duty.
The back put up two strong games during his short stint as a starter, rushing for three TDs against the Eagles, and two weeks later rumbling for 115 yards against the Lions.
With Gerhart now gone, Asiata is the #2 running back on the depth chart, but he will have to compete to hold onto that job. Joe Banyard and Bradley Randle figure to be in the mix. And the Vikings are almost certain to draft at least one running back.