Ameer Abdullah is staying in the NFC North and with the Vikings.

The running back/return specialist signed a new contract with the Vikings, the team announced Monday.

The Alabama native and former Nebraska Cornhusker explained his excitement about returning to the Vikings during a FaceTime interview with Vikings.com’s Mike Wobschall.

“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 added. “I’m glad to be back with a great team and a great organization.”

A second-round pick of the Lions in 2015, Abdullah was claimed by the Vikings after his release by Detroit in 2018.