The Minnesota Vikings have dumped Ayodele after one unproductive season into a three-year contract.|||||||
Ayodele was given a $3.565 million signing bonus to replace aging stalwart Pat Williams in the middle of the line, but he managed only 15 tackles and 1 1/2 sacks despite playing in all 16 games last season. The 28-year-old was set up for base salaries of $2.2 million in both the 2012 and 2013 seasons.
Ayodele decided Tuesday to sign a tender offer from the Saints.|||||||
Saints general manager Mickey Loomis confirmed that Ayodele signed his tender offer. The Saints had offered Thomas about $1.1 million. Jordan Woy, an agent for Ayodele, said Ayodele intended to sign his tender this week. Ayodele's return means the Saints have retained a player that started 13 regular-season games and two playoff games. He had 1.5 sacks and recovered a fumble for a touchdown on a sack and strip of Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez.