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George Iloka | Defensive Back | #43

Team: Cincinnati Bengals
Age / DOB:  (26) / 3/31/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 225
College: Boise State
Drafted: 2012 / Rd. 5 (167) / CIN
Contract: view contract details

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Bengals re-signed S George Iloka to a five-year, $30 million contract.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the deal will pay out $18 million over the first three seasons. Iloka drew "serious interest" from several teams, but the Bengals smartly ponied up the money to keep the 25-year-old in town. With Reggie Nelson expected to hit the market, Cincinnati still has a hole to fill at safety, although they may view 2013 third-round pick Shawn Williams as the heir apparent to Nelson. Mar 9 - 11:01 AM

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NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Bengals are "nearing a deal" with free agent S George Iloka.

The Bengals are losing many key contributors to their team over the years, but keeping Iloka has always been a priority. Both Iloka and FS Reggie Nelson are free agents, and the Bengals are opting to keep the younger of the two. Iloka is coming off back-to-back strong seasons in Cincinnati.
Mar 9 - 9:49 AM

The Cincinnati Enquirer's Jim Owczarski reports free agent S George Iloka has received "serious interest" from five teams.

Among the five teams interested are the Bengals, who want to re-sign the young star. Owczarski reports the Falcons, Giants, Lions and Vikings are also interested, and the Redskins were linked earlier this offseason. Only 25, Iloka's market will be strong.
Mar 7 - 12:54 PM

The Vikings were expected to pursue free agent safety George Iloka before they re-signed SS Andrew Sendejo to a four-year contract.

The Vikings surprisingly shelled out starter money for Sendejo, complicating the team's free agent plans. Iloka is familiar with Mike Zimmer's defense and would be a great fit opposite Harrison Smith, but after committing so much money to Sendejo, Minnesota will probably stand pat at safety. The Lions and Redskins have both been linked to Iloka this offseason.
Mar 5 - 3:33 PM

The Lions are expected to pursue free agent safety George Iloka.

Iloka is coming off a strong season with Cincinnati and should draw plenty of interest. He'd be a nice fit for a Lions secondary that's looking to get younger. An interchangeable free/strong safety, Iloka turns 26 this March.
Feb 28 - 12:57 PM

CSN Mid-Atlantic believes the Redskins will target a younger safety during free agency.

Washington's safety play in 2015 was underwhelming to say the least. Veteran Dashon Goldson was an unmitigated disaster while Duke Ihenacho missed most of the year with a fractured wrist. Beat writer Tarik El-Bashir sees Bengals FS George Iloka as a strong fit. The 25-year-old earned high marks from Pro Football Focus last season, particularly in coverage. If Iloka's price is too high, the Redskins could always address safety in the draft.
Feb 21 - 11:30 AM

Bengals S George Iloka (groin) is listed as doubtful for Week 16.

Shawn Williams will make another start against the Broncos. Iloka hasn't practiced since going down in Week 14 and remains week to week.
Sat, Dec 26, 2015 02:11:00 PM

Bengals S George Iloka (groin) is not practicing Saturday.

He has missed every practice this week and will not play Monday night. Shawn Williams started in Iloka's place last week and should draw the assignment again.
Sat, Dec 26, 2015 12:27:00 PM

Bengals S George Iloka (groin) is out for Week 15 against the 49ers.

He didn't practice all week. Shawn Williams filled in after Iloka got hurt last week and is expected to draw the start at strong safety Sunday against San Francisco.
Fri, Dec 18, 2015 02:14:00 PM

Bengals FS George Iloka has missed the entire offseason program with an undisclosed injury.

He expects to be ready for training camp but wouldn't discuss anything more about his injury. Iloka is coming off a career-year in which he registered 74 tackles and three interceptions while grading out as a top cover safety at Pro Football Focus. Entering the final year of his deal, he hopes to land a new contract ahead of Week 1. The former fifth-rounder turned 25 in March.
Tue, Jun 16, 2015 07:47:00 PM

The Cincinnati Enquirer's Paul Dehner calls Bengals FS George Iloka one of the "best young cover safeties" in the league.

After playing 96.7 percent of the snaps in 2013, Iloka again started every game this past season and missed just 12 snaps. Among 59 safeties who played at least 50 percent of his team's snaps, Iloka was No. 1 in passer rating against him, allowing a QB rating of 18.4. Teammate SS Reggie Nelson was fourth on the list. Iloka is entering the final year of his deal and a candidate for an extension.
Fri, Feb 6, 2015 11:43:00 AM

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports George Iloka has a "stranglehold" on the Bengals' starting strong safety job.

Iloka started all 16 games last season as a first-year starter and racked up 66 tackles, six pass breakups, two forced fumbles, and an interception. The Bengals signed Danieal Manning as a free agent and also have Taylor Mays and sophomore Shawn Williams as options at safety. Manning is expected to play the majority of his snaps as the nickel corner. Reggie Nelson is the free safety.
Tue, Jul 22, 2014 09:44:00 AM

Bengals SS George Iloka played 96.7 percent of Cincinnati's defensive snaps in the 2013 regular season.

Though he struggled at times against the run, Iloka took a step forward in his second season, recording 66 total tackles, two forced fumbles, and a pick. He finished the year as Pro Football Focus' No. 20 safety out of 86 qualifying players. Iloka is penciled in as a starter for 2014.
Fri, Apr 11, 2014 09:34:00 AM

George Iloka is expected to be the Bengals' Opening Day starter at strong safety.

He beat out Taylor Mays and rookie Shawn Williams. Strong safety has long been a highly productive position in Mike Zimmer's defense, giving Iloka some sneaky IDP appeal. Reggie Nelson will play more free safety this year.
Sat, Aug 31, 2013 10:37:00 PM

Second-year S George Iloka is listed as the Bengals' starting strong safety on the team's initial unofficial depth chart.

Iloka, a fifth-round pick out of Boise State last year, has prototypical size at 6-foot-4, 225 with 34.5-inch arms, but he's an iffy tackler. Most expect third-round rookie Shawn Williams to eventually win the starting job.
Fri, Aug 2, 2013 12:07:00 PM

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