May 7, 2012

Ayodele Returns: DT Re-signs After One Season In Minnesota

After one quiet season as a free-agent addition by the Vikings last offseason, defensive tackle Remi Ayodele has returned to the Saints on a one-year free agent contract.

Ayodele was an underrated performer on the Saints' Super Bowl XLIV defense, he started 29 regular season games over 2009 and 2010. He was technically not a starter for the Saints in the Super Bowl when the defense started in a 3-4 alignment.

He scored his only NFL touchdown in the second quarter of the Saints' 2009 win against the Jets, falling on a fumble by Mark Sanchez in the end zone.

Ayodele started 13 games for the Vikings, finding 1.5 sacks and only four solo tackles.   He started and had three assisted tackles against the Saints on December 18 when New Orleans destroyed Minnesota 42-20.

The Saints padded their depth at the position despite using their top draft pick on defensive tackle Akiem Hicks and signing expected starter DT Broderick Bunkley.  The Saints also have veterans Tom Johnson, Mitch King, and Swanson Miller at the position.

Ayodele wrote on the social networking site Twitter on Monday, "Rem'ssssss BACK Who Dat"

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