Well, after the earlier news of the day today, we probably should have seen this coming. Of course, some of us. . .points to self. . .have been calling for this for months already.
The Minnesota Vikings have cut ties with defensive tackle Remi Ayodele. As was pointed out in the comments of a FanShot I did earlier this afternoon, when the Vikings let go of Steve Hutchinson, Cedric Griffin, and Anthony Herrera, the team said they had been "released."
Ayodele? Not so much.
#Vikings announce they've terminated the contract of Remi Ayodele.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) March 21, 2012
That's right. . .Ayodele's contract was "terminated."
REMI! GET TO ZEE CHOPPA! DO IT NOW IF YOU WANT TO LIVE!
Ahem. . .sorry.
Like I said, I've been yelling for this team to get rid of Ayodele for a while now, not because of the fact that he had anything to do with the Bounty situation, but because. . .well, dude wasn't very good. In 16 games this year, he registered 16 tackles and one sack.
This should help the Vikings save a little more money under the salary cap, though not as much as it potentially could have because they paid a deferred portion of his $3.6 million bonus last week, according to Pelissero. With this move, none of the individual player suspensions that are going to be coming in the near future for the Bounty thing are going to be the Vikings' problem. . .they'll be the problem of whoever (if anyone) decides they want to sign folks like Ayodele to a contract.