Vikings Release Bountygate Participant Remi Ayodele

October 3, 2010; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints defensive tackle Remi Ayodele (92) walks off the field following a win over the Carolina Panthers at the Louisiana Superdome. The Saints defeated the Panthers 16-14. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE

Remi Ayodele was brought to the Vikings last offseason with the belief that he would be a run stopper at defensive tackle. Unfortunately Ayodele never adjusted to the Vikings’ scheme and by season’s end was an unqualified bust. Now the experiment is over. Ayodele will reportedly be released by the Vikings on Wednesday.

The other factor to consider here of course is Ayodele’s likely imminent suspension by the NFL for his part in Bountygate. As many a ticked-off Viking fan can tell you, Ayodele was the guy who went low on Brett Favre when he was illegally high-lowed during the NFC title game. It probably would’ve been a tough year for Ayodele in Minnesota, having to put up with bitter fans yelling crap at him. And let’s face it: he just wasn’t right for the scheme. So it’s best for both sides that Remi is moving on.

The plan at nose tackle now involves rotating Letroy Guion and Fred Evans. Neither of those guys is Pat Williams. But they’re both better than Remi Ayodele. I guess that’s called splitting the difference?

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Topics: Brett Favre, Fred Evans, Minnesota Vikings, Remi Ayodele

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