It was announced today that the Vikings have come to terms with running back Matt Asiata to bring him back to Minnesota for one more season.
The deal was announced in a tweet from ESPN’s Ben Goessling late Monday night. Here is that tweet:
While the exact terms of the deal are currently unknown, The Pioneer Press’ Chris Tomasson shed a little more light on the deal.
Dec 21, 2014; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Minnesota Vikings fullback Jerome Felton (42) congratulates running back Matt Asiata (44) for scoring a touchdown against the Miami Dolphins in the first quarter of the game at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Barr-USA TODAY Sports
Matt Asiata was the only running back for the Minnesota Vikings to score a touchdown last season. In fact, he scored 9 rushing touchdowns during his 2014 campaign and added one touchdown catch.
Bringing Matt Asiata. back on a deal that is full of incentives is interesting considering the team still has a running back named Adrian Peterson still on their roster and last year a rookie named Jerick McKinnon challenged him for playing time.
Despite that, it’s a good signing for Minnesota to keep a familiar face on the team at a low cost to act as an insurance policy in case the team is unable to keep Adrian Peterson. It’s good to see that Asiata and the Vikings could work out a deal to keep him in Minnesota.
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