The Vikings agreed to a one-year deal with safety George Iloka on Wednesday.
Iloka, 28, was released by the Bengals last weekend. Now Iloka’s former defensive coordinator, Mike Zimmer, adds him to the NFL’s reigning No. 1 defense on a reported one-year deal.
How Iloka could fit into the Vikings’ defense, and salary cap, remains to be seen. The Vikings began Wednesday with $10,442,967 in cap room for this season. The six-year veteran was set to count $6.2 million against the Bengals’ cap before he was released. He comes to Minnesota as a proven starter, and could either displace safety Andrew Sendejo in the lineup or join him, depending on how Zimmer configures his starters. Iloka (6-4, 225 pounds) has the size to play close to the line of scrimmage and could factor into a number of different roles.
The Vikings first made a run at signing Iloka during 2016 free agency, even making him a contract offer that didn’t reach the height of his eventual five-year, $30 million deal that he was just released from in Cincinnati.
Iloka has nine interceptions in 79 career starts since the Bengals drafted him in the fifth round out of Boise State.