As the Vikings stadium bill gets debated and tweaked on the House floor, there was one other piece of news surrounding a former Vikings today in that Remi Ayodele decided to go back to the New Orleans Saints on a one-year deal. Ayodele was a colossal bust with the Vikings this past season failing to replace the run-stuffing presence Pat Williams provided from 2005 through 2010. In the end of the 2011 season Ayodele finished the year with a measly 15 tackles, didn’t force a single fumble and only had 1.5 sacks.
Ayodele does have some coaching connections still with the Saints even though former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams has moved on to the St Louis Rams and suspended for the entire 2012 season for running an illegal “bounty fund” paying his players to hurt opponents. It was indeed Ayodele who was involved on the high-low hit on Brett Favre during the 2009 NFC Title game, which the NFL later admitted should have been penalized. Moving forward however Ayodele is only 29 years old, they’re getting him on a one-year deal and he understands the Saints defensive schemes.
It’d be nice to crack a joke right now on how Ayodele is back where he belongs on a team that bent the rules to win, but we said our peace two months ago. The league also didn’t penalize him for his role in Bountygate. All we can do is be happy he won’t be back in purple.
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