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Vikings sign Remi Ayodele

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The Vikings opened up one spot in their defensive line rotation when they cut Jimmy Kennedy and they filled it Wednesday by signing defensive tackle Remi Ayodele away from the Saints.

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.

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26 Responses to “Vikings sign Remi Ayodele”
  1. hobartbaker says: Jul 28, 2011 1:21 PM

    Mediocre player but the “do” looks “sharp”.

  2. hobartbaker says: Jul 28, 2011 1:22 PM

    Ayodele was swimming in the ocean during the off season and they cleared the waters for a half mile radius with a shark warning.

  3. goawayeverybody says: Jul 28, 2011 1:26 PM

    Okay I’m getting angry at my Saints now. You couldn’t afford a 3-year $9 million contract??? Tom Benson is the cheapest dumbest mo fo that ever became an owner. Idiot.

  4. joesuhunka says: Jul 28, 2011 1:29 PM

    I think every player on the Saints recovered a fumble in the 2009 NFC championship game

  5. vikingsinla says: Jul 28, 2011 1:38 PM

    He looks like he’ll fit right in with the LA club scene, when the Vikings move to LA next season.

  6. dickc82 says: Jul 28, 2011 1:40 PM

    What was he tendered at?

  7. coleman121280 says: Jul 28, 2011 1:49 PM

    joesuhunka says: Jul 28, 2011 1:29 PM

    I think every player on the Saints recovered a fumble in the 2009 NFC championship game

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    I’m die hard purple and gold but that is funnier than H E double hockey sticks

  8. jimmysee says: Jul 28, 2011 1:50 PM

    How does he ever get a helmet on over that haircut?

    The Saints look like they in a major revamp — and have to face the Packers week 1 at Lambeau.

  9. scubasteve1971 says: Jul 28, 2011 2:02 PM

    the vikings appear to be filling their roster with names nobody can pronounce

  10. randomjim says: Jul 28, 2011 2:03 PM

    As 1/2 of the high/low hit that messed up Favre foot, I think its safe to assume Brett is not coming back.

  11. voiceofrealism says: Jul 28, 2011 2:16 PM

    Wow, and takes his dunce cap with him everywhere he goes.

  12. theytukrjobs says: Jul 28, 2011 2:24 PM

    The Vikings are going to give opposing teams’ announcers fits this year.

  13. contra74 says: Jul 28, 2011 2:24 PM

    vikingsinla says:
    Jul 28, 2011 1:38 PM
    He looks like he’ll fit right in with the LA club scene, when the Vikings move to LA next season.
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    Hey guy, we get it. You went out of your way to create a screenname which implies the Vikings move to LA . As a result, you are compelled to always come on and write the same post over and over again that ends with “when the Vikings move to LA”. Whats going to happen when they dont? What new screenname will you create? We get it…now you get a life!

  14. wtfru2 says: Jul 28, 2011 2:31 PM

    I recognize him, he was with the Minnesota Mohawk tribe.

  15. rugdog100 says: Jul 28, 2011 2:34 PM

    hobartbaker — He’s strong against the run. If you know your NFL, you’d know he’s better than mediocre. Try to catch up.

  16. trollhammer20 says: Jul 28, 2011 2:37 PM

    Isn’t he one of the guys Marshawn Lynch ran over on his way to the end zone in the fourth quarter of last year’s Wild Card game?

  17. bobnelsonjr says: Jul 28, 2011 3:13 PM

    That goofball haircut means he will fit right in with the incompetent team of misfits.

  18. 28purple4mvp says: Jul 28, 2011 3:19 PM

    Hey did u know the packers won the superbowl last year? I thought i would let all of u know before a packer fan tells us again.

  19. tunescribe says: Jul 28, 2011 3:21 PM

    With that hairdo he should be on the Cardinals.

  20. nolarules says: Jul 28, 2011 3:57 PM

    Good signing by the Vikes
    Wish the Saints had been able to keep him

  21. bcgreg says: Jul 28, 2011 4:47 PM

    He looks as shocked as everyone else.

  22. brewdogg says: Jul 28, 2011 5:41 PM

    I’ll take it. Seems like something of a lateral move, but all good. Welcome to Minnesota.

  23. contra74 says: Jul 28, 2011 8:09 PM

    I welcome him. Decent player that will fit a good role within the interior D-line. I look forward to seeing what he will do.

  24. brewdogg says: Jul 28, 2011 11:38 PM

    trollhammer20 says:
    Jul 28, 2011 2:37 PM
    Isn’t he one of the guys Marshawn Lynch ran over on his way to the end zone in the fourth quarter of last year’s Wild Card game?
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    Didn’t he run over all of them?

    Seriously, no insult to the Saints intended…. That was probably the best run I have ever seen. I love it when someone just refuses to be denied.

  25. PurpleRaid18 says: Jul 29, 2011 12:55 AM

    If he’s better than Jimmy Kennedy, then it’s a stellar pickup.

  26. gdeli says: Jul 29, 2011 4:29 PM

    I will only forgive him for that farve hit(legal unfortunately) if he wins another SB here in MN.

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