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Utah football: Former Ute RB Matt Asiata re-signs with Minnesota Vikings

Minnesota Vikings running back Matt Asiata.
Minnesota Vikings running back Matt Asiata.
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After Toby Gerhart left during the NFL free agency period earlier this spring, the Minnesota Vikings left the door open to re-sign former Utah Utes running back Matt Asiata.

On Monday, April 7 after all the heartache that Matt Asiata went through -- dealing with the death of his father in a tragic car accident last fall -- he got some peace of mind, re-signing for one year with the Minnesota Vikings.

The deal for Matt Asiata is worth $570,000 and is non-guaranteed money according to a tweet from ESPN reporter Adam Schefter.

The Utah Utes legend is currently the No. 2 running back on the Minnesota Vikings depth chart -- taking over the backup role to starter Adrian Peterson now that Toby Gerhart is gone.

In two seasons with the Minnesota Vikings, Matt Asiata has played in 27 games for the Vikings -- starting one. The Utah Utes great has rushed 47 times for 175 yards and three touchdowns and caught six passes for 15 receiving yards.

Matt Asiata's best game as a pro came last year in the season finale against Detroit when he had 14 carries for 115 yards, an 8.2 yards per attempt average.

The former Utah Utes star went undrafted in the 2011 NFL Draft before being signed to the Minnesota Vikings practice squad -- then made the 48-man roster the following year where he has remained since.

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