Official Vikings News: Minnesota Vikings Confirm To Reached Agreement To Re-Sign $6 Million Veteran RB In Free Agency

**Vikings Expected to Re-Sign $6 Million Veteran RB, Insider Says**

The Minnesota Vikings have revamped their running game this offseason but might not be ready to move on from veteran Cam Akers. Pioneer Press columnist Charley Walters reported on June 30 that Akers, who had a season-ending Achilles injury in Week 9 against the Atlanta Falcons, might re-sign with the Vikings if he passes an upcoming physical.

The mention of a physical suggests that the Vikings are considering Akers, though adding him could mean making cuts in the crowded running back room.

**Vikings’ RB Changes Raise Questions About Adding Akers**

After ranking 29th in rushing yards last season, the Vikings released Alexander Mattison and brought in former Green Bay Packers Pro Bowler Aaron Jones in March. Jones is expected to lead the backfield, followed by Ty Chandler, who showed significant improvement in his second season last year.


Akers could become the third running back on the roster, but the team already has Kene Nwangwu, the primary kick returner, and fullback C.J. Ham, who is essential in the Vikings’ offense despite a shift towards a more pass-heavy approach under Kevin O’Connell.

Drafted in the second round in 2020 by the Los Angeles Rams, Akers was traded to the Vikings early in the 2023 season. Familiar with O’Connell from their time in Los Angeles, Akers quickly earned his trust and played the most snaps behind Mattison from Week 3 until his injury in Week 9.

However, many predict the Vikings will keep four backs (Jones, Chandler, Ham, and Nwangwu) on the 53-man roster, making it challenging for Akers to secure a spot. The team may have to make tough decisions if they re-sign him.

Myles Gaskin and DeWayne McBride are likely candidates for the practice squad and are not expected to be claimed off waivers.

**Vikings RB Ty Chandler Poised for Breakout Season**

Ty Chandler, a fifth-round pick in the 2022 draft, has always shown talent and athleticism. His rookie season was interrupted by a broken thumb in Week 5, limiting his reliability as a blocker.

However, last season, Chandler earned more trust, eventually taking on a more significant role than Mattison. Chandler was more efficient, averaging 4.5 yards per carry compared to Mattison’s 3.9.

In his first career start, Chandler rushed for 132 yards on 23 carries and added 25 receiving yards on three catches in an overtime loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. His performance was crucial to the Vikings’ offense surpassing 400 total yards in Nick Mullens’ first start of the season.

Improving the running game is essential for the Vikings’ offensive success this year with a new quarterback. While Jones will be pivotal in transforming the running game, Chandler is expected to play a significant role and could be the future solution for the team.

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