Dec 29, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Matt Asiata (44) fumbles the ball during the fourth quarter against the Detroit Lions at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Vikings Re-sign Running Back Matt Asiata


 

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.

Matt Asiata also had a bit of business to clear up when he rolled into town: signing his name to a new one-year contract.

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.

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  • manbearpig01

    They have to add someone to this squad. Asiata is a good option for a #3 back but that’s it. He can carry a load but has zero explosion.

  • Dylan Throldahl

    I actually kinda like Asiata, he showed some promise the least we can do is draft a player with catching ability and speed, such as my favorite DeAnthony Thomas, to be the 3rd on the depth chart for the year and see what he can do in a more expanded backup role.

  • Gordon Guffey

    I believe the Vikings will draft a RB in the first 3 rounds ~ I’m not sure any of the guys on the roster make it to the last cut ~ This isn’t anything close to the offense that Musgrave run and RB’s who can catch will be a must in Norv’s offense ~ Hopefully AP has been spending his time off working on catching pass or he may find himself replaced more often than he would like ~ Its time to start putting the offense first ~ The later would help keep AP fresh ~ But he want like it just like Allen ~ I happen to believe its the biggest reason he didn’t want to resign with the Vikings ~

  • Cool Jack

    Another Bill Brown,,,You need this guy,,,,

  • kyle

    Personally, I like Terrance West from Towson with our second 3rd round pick. Kinda is built like MJD and just screams “Sproles role” to me. Look him up. 5’9 226 pounds 4.54 40. 2500+ rushing yards in the FCS with 42 total scores. Kid has a lot of potential as a #2 back and let Asiata go. He’s a slow bruiser, but nothing more.