Ayodele signed a three-year, $9 million contract with the Vikes, according to Judd Zulgad of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. With Kennedy out of the picture and Pat Williams unsigned, Ayodele will move to the front of the list of players looking to start alongside Kevin Williams this season. At 6-2 and 317 pounds, Ayodele should be able to man that nose tackle spot as he played a similar role for the Saints in the past.
Ayodele went undrafted in 2006 and bounced around the Patriots, Ravens, Cowboys and Falcons before finding a home with the Saints in 2008. He started all 16 games for them last season, accounting for 37 tackles and a sack, and also started for them during their run to the Super Bowl, recovering a fumble in the NFC Championship Game.