Lions reach 1-year deal with RB Matt Asiata

By NOAH TRISTER

AP Sports Writer

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Lions have agreed to a one-year deal with running back Matt Asiata.

Agent Kenny Zuckerman confirmed the deal Friday night. Asiata played the past five seasons with the Minnesota Vikings.

The agreement doesn’t come as a huge surprise. Asiata rushed for 402 yards last season for Minnesota, more than any Detroit player managed. In five NFL seasons, Asiata has rushed for 1,259 yards on 361 carries.

Detroit coach Jim Caldwell was asked earlier this month about Asiata and what he can bring to an offense.

“He’s a good special teamer. He’s tough,” Caldwell said.

“He’s a very good pass protector and he carries the ball. He runs behind his pads. He’s always been a very, very effective player in this league.”