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Ameer Abdullah re-signs with Minnesota Vikings

Ameer Abdullah isn’t going anywhere. The free agent running back and return man signed a one-year deal to remain with the Minnesota Vikings, the team announced on Monday.

The four-year veteran began the 2018 season with the Detroit Lions, who took him with 54th overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft. He began the season as the team’s number two back behind veteran LeGarrette Blount, but was quickly passed in the backfield pecking order by rookie Kerryon Johnson and was also no longer Detroit’s full-time kick returner. Abdullah was released by the Lions on November 6 after appearing in just three games and receiving only three touches on offense.

He was quickly scooped up by the Vikings 24 hours later, playing in seven games over the season’s remainder. Abdullah had one catch for 10 yards with the Vikings, and averaged 25.8 yards on 10 kick returns. He also appeared on Minnesota’s kicking coverage units.

Despite his lack of usage with the Vikings, Abdullah was thrilled at the prospect of returning to Minneapolis for a second season.

“It’s amazing; it’s exactly what I wanted heading into this process,” Abdullah said. “I was hoping that Minnesota was going to bring me back. It was exactly what I wanted. [Vikings General Manager] Rick [Spielman], his son [J.D.] goes to Nebraska, so we always have had that connection with the alma mater.

“Coach KP [running backs coach Kennedy Polamalu], he was excited to hear that I decided to come back, so everything is falling right into place,” Abdullah continued. “I’m glad to be back with a great team and a great organization.”