The Vikings are still mulling a reunion with running back Matt Asiata, according to Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press (Twitter link), who adds the door is “not closed” between the two parties. Still, Asiata is still considering other clubs, and is primarily waiting for the top free agent backs to sign before agreeing to a deal himself.
Now that Minnesota has cut ties with Adrian Peterson, its backfield is comprised of only Jerick McKinnon and C.J. Ham. Peterson might still return to the Vikings down the line, while the club is also meeting with free agent runner Eddie Lacy. Whatever running back avenue the Vikings choose to go down, the team clearly needs to add depth at the position, and possibly a starter.
Asiata, 29, would fall more into the depth category, as although he managed 121 carries for the Vikings last year, he only averaged a plodding 3.3 yards per carry. All told, he scored six touchdowns on the ground, and added 32 receptions in the passing game. Asiata also played on roughly a quarter of Minnesota’s special teams snaps.
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