Originally written on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 3/21/12
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Following one underwhelming season and facing possible discipline from the NFL, nose tackle Remi Ayodele was released Wednesday by the Minnesota Vikings. Ayodele was one of the top free-agent targets last offseason in the condensed signing period following the lockout, and Minnesota gave him a three-year, 9 million contract. He was brought in to fill in the team's nose tackle void after longtime starter Pat Williams wasn't retained. But Ayodele, 28, struggled from the very beginning. He played all 16 games, starting 13, but had only 15 tackles and 1 sacks. The seven-year pro was coming off back-to-back solid seasons as a starter for the New Orleans Saints. In fact, his time in New Orleans might have been one reason he was released by Minnesota. Ayodele could end up facing disciplinary action if he's linked to the Saints' bounty program. The NFL came down hard on New Orleans on Wednesday for paying players based on defensive performances, including knocking out opposing players....
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