Defensive tackle Remi Ayodele is back with the New Orleans Saints. He agreed to a one year deal on Monday.
Ayodele is coming off a pretty bad season where he registered only 15 tackles and one sack during the 13 games he played in the 2011 season with the Minnesota Vikings. Ayodele had been with the Saints for three years prior to joining the Vikings last season.
The 6 foot 2, 318 pound Texas native will potentially join the defensive tackle rotation along with Tom Johnson, Brodrick Bunkley, Swanson Miller, and Sedrick Ellis. Ayodele is the second defensive tackle brought in by the Saints via the free agency, following the signing of Brodrick Bunkley in March.
Ayodele was released the same day that the New Orleans Saints received word of the punishments for head coach Sean Payton, general manager Mickey Loomis, and former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams.
Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman told 1500ESPN.com that the “bounty” news was not a factor in terminating Ayodele’s contract. It was a strictly a football decision.
Vikings Punter Chris Kluwe believed that it may have played a part in the decision saying, “now everyone on the team knows that he was part of a program that deliberately tried to injure guys. And not just guys on other teams. It happened to us, the Vikings, and it’s just a really tough situation that I don’t think the front office wanted any part of.”