On Wednesday, the Minnesota Vikings announced that they were bringing back another of their in-house free agents.
Running back and key special teamer Ameer Abdullah is returning to the Vikings on a one-year deal, the financial terms of which were not immediately disclosed.
With Mike Boone having moved on to the Denver Broncos, Abdullah currently stands as the team’s #3 running back behind Dalvin Cook and Alexander Mattison. He also currently serves as the Vikings’ primary kick returner and plays a lot on special teams. In fact, over the past two seasons, no member of the Vikings has played more special teams snaps than Abdullah has.
#Vikings special teams snap leaders since 2019:— Will Ragatz (@WillRagatz) March 24, 2021
Ameer Abdullah, 501
Mike Boone, 448
C.J. Ham, 444
Kris Boyd, 414
Eric Wilson, 379
Tyler Conklin, 341
Whether or not Abdullah will maintain his role with the Vikings remains to be seen, but as Sam Ekstrom points out on Twitter, perhaps Abdullah has taken over the role that used to be held by Marcus Sherels. . .that of the guy that we write off every offseason that somehow ends up making the team anyway.
Like most of the Vikings’ other signings so far, this isn’t a huge splash signing or anything like that. But it does provide depth and special teams experience, neither of which can be underestimated.