Vikings Likely to Sign S George Iloka

The Vikings added Iloka on Wednesday three days after the Bengals released him to make way for second-round draft pick Jessie Bates III to move into a starting role

The Vikings added Iloka on Wednesday three days after the Bengals released him to make way for second-round draft pick Jessie Bates III to move into a starting role

Iloka has previous experience with Vikings coach Mike Zimmer, playing for him when he was the defensive coordinator with the Bengals in 2012 and 2013.

Iloka became a starter in his second year and started 76 games for the Bengals, with nine career interceptions.

Iloka, who spent the past six seasons in Cincinnati, was released by the Bengals on Sunday. According to Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network, the Vikings will bring in and likely sign safety George Iloka on Wednesday. But he was released last weekend, as the Bengals cleared $5.6 million in cap space and have rookie Jessie Bates ready to replace him a free safety. McNitt transferred to Nebraska after spending one season at Nebraska-Kearney, where he played in 10 games as a quarterback in 2013.

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In Minnesota, Iloka could jump to the top of the depth chart and start at strong safety with Pro Bowler Harrison Smith at free safety. Cincinnati drafted Iloka in the fifth round of the 2012 National Football League draft out of Boise State.

NFL Media first reported Iloka's visit to the Vikings. Andrew Sendejo is now listed as the team's starting strong safety after making 13 starts for the team last season.

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