The Minnesota Vikings released defensive tackle Remi Ayodele a week ago on the heels of the NFL’s punishment of the New Orleans Saints for their involvement with a “Bounty” program under ex-defensive coordinator Gregg Williams.
Williams coached the Saints defense from 2009 to 2011, and Ayodele was a prominent member in that defense for both the 2009 and 2010 seasons.
Of note is that Ayodele was the Saints starting nose tackle during the NFC Championship game against the Vikings, the very same game that then quarterback Brett Favre was punished by a stiff New Orleans defense.
Ayodele’s release by Minnesota came at peculiar time, but they say it has nothing to do with the Saints, the bounty program, or his alleged involvement during his tenure with the team.
The Vikings claim the release has everything to do with performance as Ayodele failed to meet the expectations the team had for him as a pass rush tackle.
He recorded 15 tackles and 1.5 sacks despite starting in all 16 games last season. Ayodele would have cost the Vikings $2.2 million this year.
Now on the market he is free to sign with any team including the Saints, who are stretched a little thin at the defensive tackle position.