A couple of days ago, we told you that there was mutual interest between the Minnesota Vikings and guard Mike Harris in working a deal that would allow him to return to Minnesota. Now, it appears that another current Viking wants to come back to the team, and that the Vikings are interested in bringing him back.
According to our friends over at Vikings Territory, running back Matt Asiata is a player that the Vikings would like to keep in purple for another season, and he is interested in a return.
Asiata was a largely forgotten man in last year's Vikings offense, as he carried the ball only 29 times for 112 yards and hauled in 19 pass receptions. In 2014, with Adrian Peterson out of the picture, Asiata had his best season as a pro, rushing for 570 yards and finding the end zone a total of ten times.
Asiata signed a one-year deal before the start of free agency last season, and a similar deal this year would likely bring him back for the veteran minimum. For a player of Asiata's experience, that would be approximately $760,000.
With the way the Vikings are structured at this point, it wouldn't appear likely that Asiata would have any more of a role in 2016 than he did last year. Peterson is going to continue to be the lead back, and Jerick McKinnon is likely going to see an increased role after his strong finish to the 2015 season. Still, if anything were to happen to either of those two, it might comfort the Vikings to know that they have a reliable option that they could plug in and get some production out of.
Do you think the Minnesota Vikings should bring back Matt Asiata for another go-around in 2016? Or do you think they should look to replace him, whether that's in the draft or in free agency?