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Matt Asiata signs 1-year deal with Detroit Lions

Minnesota Vikings running back Matt Asiata (44) runs with the ball as Indianapolis Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson defends during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016, in Minneapolis.
Minnesota Vikings running back Matt Asiata (44) runs with the ball as Indianapolis Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson defends during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016, in Minneapolis.
Andy Clayton-King, Associated Press

Former University of Utah running back Matt Asiata appears to have found a new home for the 2017 season.

According to NFL Network and NFL.com's Ian Rapoport, Asiata signed a one-year deal to suit up for the Detroit Lions.

Justin Rogers of the Detroit News confirmed the signing on Twitter, but also noted that the move would be unlikely to be confirmed by the team until after the holiday weekend.

The 29-year-old out of Hunter High School spent his first five seasons in the NFL with the Minnesota Vikings where he carried the ball 361 times for 1,259 yards and 18 touchdowns. He also caught 101 passes for 722 yards and another score. He had one of his most productive seasons in 2016 when he started six of 16 games and totaled 402 yards and six scores on the ground to go along with 32 receptions for 263 yards.

Asiata joins a Lions roster already littered with players with Utah ties, including former Highland High product Haloti Ngata and BYU's Ezekiel Ansah on the defensive line as well as a trio of players in the secondary in Utah State's Nevin Lawson, and Miles Killebrew and Josh Thornton from Southern Utah.