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Vikings re-sign RB Ameer Abdullah

He’ll have an opportunity to be the kick returner again

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On Friday, the Minnesota Vikings continued to make under-the-radar depth signings to shore up their roster, agreeing to bring back their primary kick returner from last season.

The Vikings have agreed to terms with running back Ameer Abdullah on a one-year deal worth the veteran minimum of $910,000.

Minnesota claimed Abdullah off of waivers during the 2018 season after he was waived by the Detroit Lions. The Vikings then re-signed him last offseason to a one-year deal, and he spent most of this season serving as the primary kickoff returner. He did get a smattering of touches from scrimmage, carrying the ball 23 times for 115 yards along with catching 15 passes for 88 yards and a touchdown.

The Vikings might have a bit of churn at the bottom of the running back depth chart behind Dalvin Cook and Alexander Mattison. Mike Boone had his moments, as did Abdullah in limited play, and they’ll likely fight it out to be RB3 again in 2020. It wouldn’t be surprising to see Abdullah retain his role as kickoff returner, too.

Again, not a signing that’s going to turn a lot of heads, but since NFL teams are still required to put 55 players in uniform every week, they’ll need players like Ameer Abdullah to round things out.