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Vikings Free Agency: Minnesota re-signs RB Ameer Abdullah

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He has a chance to pick up a bigger role in the backfield

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Free agency continues for the Minnesota Vikings, as they’ve brought back an in-house free agent that could get more of a look with some of the issues that the team has at their running back position.

Numerous sources are reporting that the Vikings have re-signed running back Ameer Abdullah, who they picked up during the season after he was waived by the Detroit Lions. Financial terms of the deal have not yet been disclosed. When they are, we will update them here.

Abdullah was the Lions’ second-round pick in the 2015 NFL Draft out of the University of Nebraska. He spent three full seasons with the Lions, though he missed most of the 2016 season with a foot injury. The Lions waived him in November of this past season, and the Vikings claimed him off of waivers the next day.

During his time with the Vikings, Abdullah didn’t get an opportunity to do a whole lot. In seven games, he had just one reception for ten yards, and returned ten kicks for a 25.8 yard average.

With Latavius Murray now having departed for New Orleans, Roc Thomas having his off-field issues, and Dalvin Cook not yet having shown an ability to stay healthy, it’s possible that the Vikings kept Abdullah around to ensure they have some depth in the backfield. I can’t imagine that the contract is going to be an expensive one or anything, but we’ll have to see how that shakes out when the details are finally revealed.