Reports: Vikings tender contract to third-year RB Matt Asiata
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The Vikings will keep Matt Asiata around next season, according to ESPN.com's Ben Goessling.
An exclusive rights free agent means that he has two years of experience and is not under contract. If his former team makes him an offer at the three-year veteran minimum salary then he must accept the offer or retire. Asiata could not have negotiated with other teams.
Asiata could, though, inherit a bigger role if Toby Gerhart leaves. Agent Ken Vierra was optimistic about Asiata's fit in Turner's offense.— Ben Goessling (@GoesslingESPN) March 5, 2014
Many expect Gerhart to leave in free agency, once it opens March 11. Asiata, then, could see an increased role behind Adrian Peterson. Peterson had surgery on his groin in January and is expected to be ready for the season.
Asiata had one start in 2013, and carried the ball 44 times for 166 yards (3.8 yards per carry) on the season. He had three rushing touchdowns, all in week 15 against Philadelphia.